Veteran Officer Retires From Litchfield

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The city of Litchfield took time to honor a 20-year veteran of the Litchfield Police Department on Thursday, Mar. 5, before the start of their regular Litchfield City Council meeting.

Brian Maxwell, who was hired as a police officer on Feb. 14, 2000, officially retired on Sunday, March 8, after just over 20 years with the department. A 1981 graduate of Lakeview High School in Decatur and a 2000 grad of the University of Illinois Police Training Institute, Maxwell has been a key part of the department, serving as range master/firearms instructor for the Litchfield Police Department, training officers in multiple areas of the use of force. 

Maxwell has also worked with the South-Central Illinois Drug Task Force as an inspector and has been a tactical operator for the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System.

“We wish him the very best in his future endeavors,” Police Chief Kenny Ryker said after the Mayor Steve Dougherty presented Maxwell with a proclamation in his honor.

Maxwell was joined at the ceremony by his wife Tina, daughters Kirstie Maxwell and Tori Skinner, son-in-law Leroy Skinner and grandchildren Hazel, Violet and Wesley Skinner. In retirement, he will be working with the Illinois State Police in the Firearm Owners’ Identification card division to help with the backlog of FOID applications.  

That backlog was estimated to be approximately 62,000 at the beginning of the year.

In other business, the only matter to draw much discussion was one that resulted in no action as Mark Crays of Kamadulski Excavating and Grading was on hand regarding a possible change order for work on the external sewer for the I-55 commerce park.

Kamadulski was requesting an additional $55,000 after excessive water in a manhole at the site caused the workers to need five extra days to connect the sewer line and the lift station. Crays said that he was trying to work with Gelly Excavating, another contractor for the project and allowed them to place a manhole his company was originally going to do, in order to not slow their process. 

Crays added that the manhole was not installed to the specifications he had and the sewer was fully infiltrated with water. His company then reinstalled the manhole and completed the work.

Ronnie Paul of Heneghan and Associates, the engineers for the extension, also spoke about the issues, but said that the city was not at fault. Paul recommended a compromise of $16,456.76 for rock that would have been used on the project, but was not. 

Art LeVoy also recommended not granting the change order. He added that Gelly is working on remedying the issue with the manholes allowing water in.

Alderman Ray Kellenberger asked if Gelly was offering to help with the cost Kamadulski had incurred with the delays. Crays said that he had met with Gelly representatives, Paul and LeVoy and that Gelly did not seem willing to absorb any of those costs.

Following the discussion, no action was taken, although Mayor Dougherty did say that he felt bad for Crays and hoped that Gelly would compensate Kamadulski in some form.

In other business with the commerce park, the council approved a smaller change order for $3,880 and a pay request for $258,327.26 to the company for the work they have done. A pay request for $203,193.84 was also approved to Hudson Surety Company for work on the external water main.

In lake business, the council approved installation of a new mixer for the Bi-Centennial Campground shower house by Vogel Plumbing for $2,768.63, approved services with Laura Poole for weekend and holiday cleaning services for the comfort stations at Lake Lou Yaeger for the monthly rate of $320, approved the final invoice to RCS Construction for work on the Lake Yaeger Spillway  and approved the proposal from Prairie Archaeological for an archaeological survey for the Lake Revitalization project for $4,440.

Aldermen Dwayne Gerl and Mark Brown and Alderwoman Marilyn Sisson voted against the measure. Mayor Dougherty pointed out that the project was for the 319 grant the city had applied for and not for the subdivision being built in the lake area. A motion to annex 173 Arrowhead Lane also passed 4-3, with the same dissenting voters and Alderman Woodrow Street absent. With five votes needed to approve an ordinance, Mayor Dougherty cast a deciding yes vote.

The council also approved repairs to a solids pump at the wastewater treatment facility for $3,417.84 from Equipment Pro and accepted the donated property at 621 South Franklin via quick claim deed.

With no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:01 p.m. The council will meet again on Thursday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m.

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