Two new additions were officially made to the City of Litchfield’s employment roster during the city council meeting on Thursday, Feb. 21.
Following a short eight minute open session, the council entered closed session and approved the hiring of the Litchfield Police Department’s newest officer and an interim fire chief for the Litchfield Fire Department.
The city’s newest police officer is Staunton High School grad Tylor McBride, who majored in criminal justice at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and is a veteran of the Air Force Reserves. The council would approve a reimbursement agreement and would swear in McBride after the closed session, with McBride set to join the force after graduation from the Southwestern Illinois College Police Academy, where he will begin training on March 7.
The other hiring the council approved was for an interim fire chief, after Kevin Schott’s contract was not extended due to a state statute that prevented the city from hiring Schott full-time. The new interim fire chief is Joe Holomy, who served as Effingham Fire Chief from 2004 to 2018. Holomy also worked in Mokena, Darien-Woodridge and Beloit, where he was fire chief for three years before coming to Effingham.
In addition to hiring Holomy, the council also approved a proposal from the Illinois Fire Chiefs' Association for recruitment services for the permanent position of fire chief.
Prior to the closed session, the council approved seven items on the new business agenda, plus the minutes of the Feb. 7 meeting and the appointment of Stacey Ledford to replace Diane Plummer on the tourism advisory commission.
Among those items were approval of an amendment extending Grand Rental’s agreement with the city for boat rental services at Lake Lou Yaeger, approval of an advertising contract with “On Route 66 for the First Time” for $1,000, and the renewal of the service maintenance agreement with ThyssenKrupp for a term of five years for service of the elevator at the Litchfield Carnegie Library building.
The council also approved a proposal for engineering services and grant administration for the southside ditch project from Heneghan and Associates for an amount not to exceed $126,000. City Administrator Tonya Flannery said that the city will be using Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity grants for the project and the scope of the project will affect flow around the ditch and the entire southeast quadrant of the city.
The council also approved a half-page advertisement in the Illinois Site Selector Report, in the March 2019 edition, for an amount not to exceed $3,520 and to accept a bid to finish the first and second phase of the Madison Park pavilion project for an amount of $9,828.
The council will meet again on Thursday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m.