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New Mayor Sworn In At Stronghurst Village Board

By: Shirley Linder, Quill Editor

Gary Root was sworn in as mayor of Stronghurst by Clerk Lou Ann Nortrup at the May 6th village board meeting. Betty Waterman and Mike Bohnenkamp also took the oath of office as trustees. David Vancil, the other trustee, to win the election was not present to be sworn in.

The meeting opened with Mike Bohnenkamp presiding in the absence of Eric Chockley, at 7:00 p.m. and the trustees approved last month's minutes and paying of the bills. The meeting was then adjourned sine die until after the swearing in of the new officers.

The meeting re-opened under the guidance of Mayor Root.

Now that the vote on selling package liquor has passed, the board needs to establish an ordinance for the control of this endeavor. Attorney Bill Rasmussen told the board, "Take your time and do it right the first time so we do not have to revamp the ordinance."

A few of the items that need to be decided include: what to charge for the license, what type of liquor can be sold; can it be sold on Sunday; what time can they start selling and what time of day do they stop selling; where can it be sold because of zoning; etc.

Rasmussen suggested a committee be formed to study the issues and bring their recommendation to the board. He suggested they get liquor ordinances from surrounding villages to review what others villages do.

Rasmussen indicated the mayor, by law, is the liquor president and will grant the license, but the board will vote on them. Deb Hale, Tony Anderson, Betty Waterman volunteered to serve on the committee. Rasmussen advised, since this was a hot topic, they needed to do their meetings right, advertise, open meeting, the whole nine yards. He also suggested inviting those who might be applying for a license to come to meeting and get their input also.

The police report for the month of April included: 129.5 hours worked; 20 training hours; 714 miles on the squad car; 4 service calls; 2 agency assists; 1 village ordinance ticket; and 18 business courtesy checks.

In other business:

In attendance were: Mike Bohnenkamp, Deb Hale, Tony Anderson, Betty Waterman, Brendan Schaley, Lou Ann Nortrup, Ronnie Gittings, Mike Nelson, Amanda Kane, Fern Fude, Attorney Bill Rasmussen, Sally Waddell, Arbry Vancil, Shirley Linder.

The next meeting will be held on Monday, June 3, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

Lou Ann Nortrup, Village Clerk, swears in the newest elected officials on the Stronghurst Board: Mayor Gary Root and Trustee Betty Waterman.