Litchfield Honors Longtime Employees

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The members of the Litchfield City Council took time to honor several longtime employees to start their meeting on Thursday, June 20, including one who is retiring after more than 20 years with the city.

Friends, family and co-workers were on hand for a retirement reception for Carol Millburg, who City Clerk Carol Burke said had been invaluable in keeping the city’s finances in order. Millburg, who is halfway through her 20th year with the city, also received a proclamation from Mayor Steve Dougherty for her dedication to her work.

In addition to Millburg, four other city employees were also honored for their years of service. Dennis Feldman and Christopher Robinson were both honored for 20 years of service, while Carol Burke and Chris Zumwalt were recognized for ten years of service.

The meeting itself went quickly, with few motions drawing much discussion and all passing 6-0 with aldermen Mark Brown and Tim Wright absent.

The council would pass motions to accept the minutes from the June 6 meeting, a motion to approve the hiring of a Litchfield Police officer to fill the vacancy created by Chief Lee Jarman’s retirement, a motion to enter into a five-year Taser 60 agreement with Axon Enterprises for ten tasers, cartridges and holsters for $3,486, and to approve a resolution regarding the Illinois Housing Development Authority Abandoned Residential Property Municipal Relief Program grant. City Administrator Tonya Flannery said that the grant was $20,000 and is to be used for demolition of derelict properties.

Also passing were motions to purchase tires for the lake department’s backhoe from Taylor Tire for $2,245.64 and to approve a contract with engineering services for the ITEP sidewalk project with Crawford, Murphy and Tilly for $45,535.52. Flannery said the engineering costs were part of the city’s $1.9 million grant for the project.

After entering into closed session at 6:40 p.m., the council returned with one more motion to approve. The aldermen approved the solicitation of bids for the property at 710 West Kirkham. The city bought the property in 2016 and removed a doublewide trailer and garage to clean the property up.

The property had been previously listed with a realtor, but had not been sold. One condition to bidding on the property is that it must be redeveloped as a residential property within 24 months.

The council’s next meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 2, at 6:30 p.m. due to the regular meeting falling on Independence Day.

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