The city of Quincy scheduled a press conference for 11:15 a.m. Thursday to announce the new electric supply rates in the city, but final negotiations dragged on longer than expected.
Four media outlets — The Herald-Whig included — were all on time and were waiting in a conference room at City Hall for the information. At around 11:25, Doug Olsen, the city’s human resources director, stuck his head in the door to let us know the city and the other communities were still negotiating the electric service contract.
After another 15 minutes of waiting, Mayor John Spring walked into the room and said the group was almost done. He had three separate releases with different options the communities were considering, but the final details were being worked out.
Director of Administrative Services Gary Sparks called him a few minutes later from downstairs to give him the final rate of 4.194 cents per kilowatt hour for three years.