SPRING VALLEY — The Spring Valley Council on Tuesday authorized the hiring of a new officer for the Spring Valley Police Department.
Police Chief Kevin Sangston confirmed the hire will fill an open vacancy that became available after a retirement of a former officer about a year and a half ago.
“We’re now just getting around to filling the position,” he said.
Sangston said there is an eligibility list of hires for the police department, and the listed officers at the top have a couple more items to complete before being offered the job.
He said the department anticipates filling the position sometime before December.
Also on Tuesday, Alderman Dan McFadden reported electronic participation in council meetings for aldermen unable to personally attend a meeting had been discussed at a recent Legislative Committee meeting.
City attorney Jim Andreoni followed up the report saying the aldermen had reviewed sets of rules from the Illinois Municipal League. One set of rules discussed anyone who met the criteria for the electronic meeting ordinance would be able to participate electronically. The second set of rules indicated someone who met the criteria would automatically be allowed to participate electronically unless a two-thirds vote of the council denied the request.
Andreoni said they wanted to prevent a situation where a member really just wanted to attend meetings electronically.
“Our consensus was we would pass the ordinance with the rules that would allow council a two-thirds vote to deny electronic participation,” he said.
City Clerk Becky Hansen said the cost for the electronic equipment would be around $1,000.
Andreoni said he wanted to look into the exact cost of equipment and how it would be installed before putting the item on the agenda for the council to vote on.
In other business, the council:
• Heard from Fire Chief Emeritus Gene Scheri who reported he had been receiving complaints from residents who had witnessed stray animals going in and out of the property located at 126 E. St. Paul St. The city has filed a demolition complaint on the property in the past. Sangston said a representative from Illinois Valley Animal Rescue had set traps on the property last year and had taken care of the stray animals then. He said he would get in touch with the representative again this year.
• Alderman Tom Nesti reported in a Water and Sewer Committee report the city will be ordering 200 additional radio read meters at a cost of $21,500.
“It’s not going to be in the near future, but hopefully we’re going to reach a point one day where all the meters in Spring Valley, wherever possible, will be radio read meters,” he said.
• Alderman Chuck Hansen request the police department conduct a traffic study at the intersection of Cleveland and Richard streets. Currently, there is a two-way stop at the intersection, however Hansen said residents have asked to turn the intersection into a four-way stop. Sangston agreed to the traffic study.
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