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Ron Gittings Nominated for Water Operator of the Year

by Shirley Linder, Quill Editor

Ronnie Gittings reported to the Village of Stronghurst board on December 7 that he had received a letter from the  Illinois Water Association a couple months ago stating he was nominated in their contest for water operator of the year.  

He has recently received a phone call that he is one of the 3 finalists and they will be interviewing him shortly. Clerk Lou Ann Nortrup noted the final decision will be made on February 16, 2016

Gittings asked the board for permission to attend the Water Conference that will be held in February.  It will count as continuing education hours and he could get enough hours to carry him for the next 5 years.

The cost is $200 for the 3 day conference. The board asked that he keep receipts for hotel, mileage, and meals and he will be reimbursed.

Gittings said his wife will be going also and he will pay half of the hotel room cost.


Police report for November included:  Hours worked 162, Squad car patrol mileage 769, Total traffic stops 2, Verbal warnings 1, Uniform traffic tickets 1, Service calls 6, Business courtesy checks 24.

Arbry Vancil and Brendan Schaley attended Mark Andy Jackson's graduation on Saturday. Now that he has his training he can work the streets. Schaley requested the board permission to send Vancil and Jackson to an officer safety class in Macomb. The seminar is 3 days at a cost of $399 each. The board voted to have them attend.

Mayor Root has someone interested in the snow blade and asked the trustees to put a price on it. It was finally suggested he asked $2500 since it is basically new. Root asked why they were getting rid of it and was told Gittings wanted a V shape instead of the stationary one. e.

Mayor Root said he had received a letter from Jason Ford asking that ATVs be made legal on village streets. A discussion followed regarding the pros and cons of the issue. Root said,  I don't have a 4 wheeler but I'd be for it. If 4 wheelers are pushing snow or leveling the ball field, etc. the police are not stopping them. However, if they are just riding, they will be ticketed. Root asked if this was fair. Attorney Bill Rasmussen once again advised the board it is better to not have a policy than to have a policy and not follow it. No motion or decision was made.

In other business the board:

Mike Bohnenkamp made a motion, seconded by Jim Spiker to go into executive session at 8:02 p.m. for the purpose of employee wages.

On return, Bohnenkamp made a motion to give Ronnie Gittings a 30 cent an hour raise. Spiker seconded the motion and it passed with Waterman abstaining. g.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:23 p.m. until January 4, 2016 at 7 p.m. with Brendan Schaley as pro tem mayor.

Present: Mayor Gary Root; Trustees, David Vancil, Jim Spiker, Betty Waterman, Mike Bohnenkamp, and Brendan Schaley, Amanda Kane absent; Employees, Lou Ann Nortrup, Ronnie Gittings, Bill Rasmussen; Guests were Randy Jarvis, and Shirley Linder.