Updated: August 18, 2014 2:08AM
Representatives claiming to be from an energy supplier have been knocking on doors in Oak Lawn but don’t have a permit to solicit, and residents should be wary, officials said at Tuesday night’s village board meeting.
“They knock door to door. When they came into my neighborhood, I asked them for a permit. They didn’t have a permit. When I started calling the police, they got into a car and they left,” Trustee Alex Olejniczak (2nd) said at the meeting. “We couldn’t find them after that but I’ve heard as recently as (Tuesday) they’re going door to door, trying to get people to sign up for an energy (plan for) both electricity and natural gas. It’s a hard sell at the door.”
The company, which on its website bills itself as one of America’s largest independent suppliers of natural gas and electricity, does not have a solicitation permit from the village, Clerk Jane Quinlan said.
“If somebody comes to your door and tries to sell you something too good to believe, it is too good to believe,” Olejniczak said.
He urged residents to be very careful and not give any personal information.
“I know our energy contract ends in February and we’ll be working with our current supplier to get an equally good rate for our energy,” he said, referring to the village’s electrical aggregation deal, which allows the village to negotiate a rate for electricity.
His cautionary advice won praise from Trustee Bob Streit (3rd), who sits beside Olejniczak but seldom agrees with him.
“You can’t say it enough. We can’t tell you enough. They do ask to see your bill and tell you you will save money, and you’re not. They can’t touch our rate of 5.118 cents per kilowatt hour. He’s absolutely right. Please do not switch that service,” Streit said.
Olejniczak smiled and whispered “wow” as board and audience members chuckled.
Oak Lawn bids out intersection work
Bids are out for the long-awaited project to install turning lanes from Central Avenue to Southwest Highway in Oak Lawn,
Olejniczak said at Tuesday’s meeting.
“There should be meetings by the end of this month to put together the construction phase, which should finish up in November. It was a six-, seven-year process that we’re finally getting underway,” he said.
The intersection is well known in the village for long backups during rush hours and more than a few accidents through the years.