The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Stronghurst To Get A New Police Car

by: Shirley Linder, Quill Editor

In anticipation of the current squad car lasting only one year, Police Chief Gary Smith approached the Stronghurst village board on October 4th with a request for $4,000 from the General Fund to purchase a new vehicle now that the first year has ended.

The current car is said to be in need of more repairs plus several repairs that had occurred over the past year.

The current squad car was purchased from the county for one dollar and will be returned to the county when the new vehicle is received.

The installed equipment will be moved to the new squad car at a cost of $950.00.

The total cost of the 2010 Dodge Charger comes to $27,476.95. The police account will pay for $23,476.95, with the remaining $4,000 coming from the village's General Fund.

According to the report handed out by Chief Smith another new officer has been added to the Stronghurst Police Department (bringing the total to 3 besides the Chief of Police). The report stated that Officer Baca has begun patrolling on his own. He may be picking up additional shifts from Officer Hoyt due to the harvest season.



The board set Saturday, October 31st, from 5-7 p.m. as Trick or Treat night and requested residents not to burn leaves on the 29, 30, 31 for the safety of the children.


The board voted to donate $750 to the Stronghurst Booster Club for the Christmas Walk which will be held on November 19th. Trustee Chris Cook who is also on the Booster Club reported turkeys and hams will be given away again this year.

The board voted to donate $250 to the Henderson County Health Department for the Citizens Transportation Fund.

NO truck route

It was agreed by the board to scrap the truck route for the village.

stop signs

The board agreed with the stop sign committee to the following recommendations of sign placements:

David Knutstrom, Chair of the stop sign committee, also recommended better identification of crosswalks at the school and enforcement of crosswalks.


Vandalism at the park was discussed and the board suggested to Chief Smith that he become more aggressive with the vandals and take them home to their parents if they are juveniles.

Ronnie Gittings reported that 383 new meters are now installed.

Those present at the October 4th meeting were: Mayor Eric Chockley; Trustees: Lawrence Neff, Chris Cook, Michael Bohnenkamp, Angela Myers, Leota Caldwell, David Vancil; Clerk/Treasurer Lou Ann Nortrup; Employees Chief Gary Smith, Arbry Vancil, Ronnie Gittings, Mike Nelson; Guests, Claire Palmer, Terry Myers, Tony Anderson, Deb and Doug Hale, David Knutstrom, Mark Muhleman and Paula Clark, and Shirley Linder.

The next regular scheduled meeting will be held Monday, November 1, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Stronghurst City Hall.