Litchfield City Council Seats Five Members


Five members of the Litchfield City Council were sworn in following a short closed session during the council's meeting on Thursday, May 2.

All five were current members of the council and ran unopposed in April. Dwayne Gerl, Dave Hollo, Kassidy Paine, Tim Wright and Woodrow Street were given the oath of office after the executive session, with Gerl representing Ward 1, Hollo representing Ward 2, Paine representing Ward 3 and Wright and Street representing Ward 4. Paine, who replaced Jake Prange as alderman, is on a two-year term, while the other four aldermen were re-elected for a four-year term. 

In addition to the seating of the council, Mayor Steve Dougherty put forth several appointments to boards and committees for the city.  Julie Elizondo and Kent Wolff were named to the zoning board of appeals for a five-year appointment, while Carol Burke and Lisa Montgomery were named to the fire pension board for a three-year appointment. Burke was also named to the police pension board for a two-year appointment.

Doug Francis was named to the police and fire commission for the next three years, while Jerry Cruthis and John Winans were named to the planning commission, also for a three-year term.

Four individuals, Mike Treece, Bob Reid, Ken Elmore and Ron Norris, were named to the economic development commission for a four-year term, while Ted Elizondo was named to the airport authority for a five-year term.

Closing out the appointments were Jean Bruner Jachino and Maggie Sinclair to the tourism advisory committee and Henry Eilers and a yet to be determined representative from Ameren Illinois to the tree board, all on three-year terms.

Even with the appointments, the open session part of the meeting only lasted eight minutes, with the council approving eight motions in that span with no extra discussion, including approval of the April 18 minutes and the motion to transfer funds and pay bills.

Other motions approved included an ordinance abating the 2018 Tax Levy for the payment of the city's general obligation bonds, an ordinance adopting an expense reimbursement policy for the city and approval of a full-page ad in the Illinois Profile edition of the Business XPansion Journal for an amount not to exceed $1,700.

A pay request from Legends Underground Utilities for work on the I-55 industrial park water and sewer mains for $19,517.31 and a pay request from Kinney Contractors for work on the West St. John reconstruction for $111,263.80 were also approved, as was a bid from Kamalduski Excavating and Grading for construction of an external sewer force main and lift station for the west side development, contingent on EPA approval for $1,053.506.10.

The council will meet again on Thursday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m.