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Neponset mayor resigns

Ken Snyder will fill the seat

NEPONSET — Carl Rohrig has resigned as mayor of Neponset, effective Aug. 20.

After a 20-minute closed session at the end of the July 16 meeting of the Neponset Village Board, Rohrig gave his resignation. The board voted to accept his resignation. Rohrig is moving from the area for his job.

Trustee Ken Snyder was appointed as mayor pro tem until the April 2015 election when a new mayor can be elected for a two-year term to fill Rohrig’s unexpired term.

Before going into closed session, the board conducted its regular business.

The board heard from Neponset Township representatives who attended the meeting to discuss an intergovernmental agreement for snow plowing needs. After discussion, the township representatives and board members agreed to let their attorneys work on a mutual agreement for presentation at the village board’s August meeting.

The board also discussed the 101 Commercial St. building which has debris falling onto the street. There are no solutions at this time. The board agreed to have the village attorney try to find the owner of the building.

The board also agreed the new water ordinance will be voted on at the August board meeting.

Trustee Ken Snyder reported about dog kennels and also gave information about the road grindings for the street department.

Trustee Gene Costin reported he was informed about available road grindings and made the motion to buy five truckloads at a cost of about $250 per load for use on village streets.

Trustee Mandy Mueller had no report this month but will help Ken Snyder and Barb Jannie with the dog kennel.

In his report, Wayne Gerrond said he would like to buy a gas-powered cut-off saw for use by the streets, water and sewer departments. The cost would be split between the departments, at 50 percent paid by the streets department since it would use the saw the most, with the water and sewer departments each paying 20 percent of the cost. The board approved the recommendation.

Trustee John Pratt presented the May and June police reports, saying he had only one issue with a resident telling him about a dog issue. Pratt said he told the resident to call the police phone and leave a message regarding the issue, so it could be processed correctly.

Trustee Barb Jannie said she had the information for the cost of a dog kennel and dog house, at about $600. Snyder said the cost to build a pen out of cattle panels would exceed that amount. After further discussion, the board voted to buy the dog kennel and dog house.

Mayor Carol Rohrig asked if the board wanted to contribute to the North Central Illinois Council of Governments for assistance during a national disaster from FEMA. The board agreed to get more information before making the decision.

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