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February 25, 2009
Traer Star-Clipper

To the Editor:

March 3, 2009 is the date for the special election regarding a contract with Alliant Energy, also known as Interstate Power & Light. The franchise and the future of Traer as we know it, is at stake. The polls are open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. The location is the North Tama Activity Center.

Hopefully, everyone will exercise their right as a citizen to vote and when the polls close we will be able to say the residents of Traer have spoken. However, if the consensus is that TMU will take over the gas franchise, much remains to be done. The condemnation procedure and the determination of a fair price will need to be settled. This will be done by a panel of judges, not TMU. This will involve more cost to our citizens (actually, TMU customers). Will that money be spent in our village? This process could take months, if not years. What about the cost for equipment, a knowledgeable person to buy natural gas, a specialist in case of emergency? This could add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt for the citizens of Traer. Is this what we want? If the franchise is such a great financial windfall, every city in Iowa would have its own franchise. The ones that do are few and far between.

I am voting "YES" and hope many of you will support my position. Only time will tell if I did the right thing or not. Let your conscience be your guide. Regardless, be sure to vote!

If you need a ride to the polls, call 478-2333 or 478-8595.


(But not Box 58)

Ross A. Hamilton

714 4th St.

Traer, Ia 50675

P.S. Also remember, April 1, 2009 our TMU bills begin the second phase of the rate increase. .. 15%.



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