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Press Release: Generator Program

Members of the Des Plaines City Council approved a Home Generator Rebate Program at the Tuesday, September 6, 2011 City Council Meeting.  The Program, developed to help subsidize the purchase of generators used by residents during power outages, will go into effect 8:30 AM, Monday, September 19, 2011, when applications/agreements will be available and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis in the City Council Chambers,  Room 102, Des Plaines City Hall, 1420 Miner Street.

Residents eligible to apply for the rebate include those who are considering purchasing a generator and those who have bought a generator as of June 22, 2011, when the first severe storm resulted in power outages throughout the City.  According to the City of Des Plaines Home Generator Agreement, the City agrees to reimburse the resident by check, which will be made payable within 4-6 weeks, up to 50% of the cost of the portable generator not to exceed $250.   $400, and a permit fee refund, would be rebated for a permanently installed generator for qualifying residents.  Once an application/agreement is approved, residents have 30 days to make the purchase of a new generator or to apply for a permit for a permanently installed generator. 

The program, which became official with the passage of Resolution R-112-11, applies to owners of single family homes and townhomes.  Only one reimbursement per household will be allowed.  Residents sign a formal agreement stating that if they should move from their property prior to a two year period, they will be required to repay the entire reimbursement from the City.  They also consent to a random compliance check to assure that the generator is located at the property address.

According to City Manager (acting) Jason Slowinski, the City has allocated a total of $22,500 to fund the program, $7,500 for residents applying retroactively and $15,000 for “non-retroactive” applications/agreements.  “Residents applying to the program retroactively have until 5 PM, Friday, December 2, 2011, to apply.  The City’s Finance Department will administer the Home Generator Rebate Program.  Should funding be depleted, the City Council will reevaluate the program and consider allocating additional financing,” Slowinski said.

Once funding has been depleted, the City will continue to receive applications for the program.  Should additional funding be extended by the City Council, previously submitted applications will be accepted for funding in the order in which they were submitted.

Des Plaines Director of Finance Dorothy Wisniewski reminds residents that when they complete the application/agreement they must present the original receipt of purchase for a retroactive reimbursement from June 22, 2011 or later.  In addition, residents will need to show proof of address and owner verification such as a photo ID.

Application/agreements will first be available on Monday, September 19, 2011 on a first come, first served basis.

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