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For five years, Aledo city leaders say Ameren Illinois hasn't been providing consistent power.


They say black outs and browns outs are more common than ever and it's time to do something about it.

Monday night, the council passed a resolution of condemnation, essentially a list of grievances against Ameren, in hopes of trying to get something done, because right now, power problems are effecting some of Aledo's most vulnerable people. 


"We have very inconsistent power outages," says Jesse Harrison, Facilities Manager at Genesis Hospital in Aledo. "It could be a beautiful day and we could lose power. We could get a brown out."


Harrison says the hospital has all the high-tech equipment to treat patients, and keep them comfortable, but powering them consistently, is a problem.


So, the hospital recently invested over $1M to improve it's generator, and power switchers, making sure patients are never at risk. 


But the Mayor says problems aren't just at the hospital. 


Nearly half the city suffers from these consistent outages, creating problems in other types of emergencies.


"I've been told by the fire chief, that to respond to a fire, they have to get a call to Ameren. They (Ameren) have to call the lineman, and the lineman have to get there. It's taken up to two hours to get someone from the Ameren company," says Mayor Chris Hagloch. 


We reached out to Ameren for comment today. 


A spokesman tells KWQC that Ameren plans to build a new $8.8M substation that will help customers in Aledo. 


But city leaders say they have heard this before. 


"The substation is supposed to be due for an upgrade. We've been told 2015, but they won't put that in writing," says Mayor Hagloch. "So if it will actually be here in 2015, we're not sure."


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