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Neponset gets new mayor

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 2:44 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 2:46 p.m. CST

NEPONSET — A mayor pro tem has been sworn into office for the village of Neponset.

Village trustee Ken Snyder took the oath of office at the end of the Aug. 20 Neponset Village Board meeting upon the official resignation of Mayor Carl Rohrig, who is moving from the area. A farewell open house for Rohrig and his wife Diane has been set for Sept. 27 at the community building, sponsored by family and friends. All are welcomed to the open house.

Earlier in the meeting, Rohrig, who conducted the regular meeting, asked the board if he could finish a project on which he is working, to which the board agreed. He also recommended the village buy lids for the trash cans bought last year and have school children paint them.

The board decided trustee Barb Jannie would be added as the third signer for the village bank accounts to replace Rohrig.

In other business at the Aug. 20 meeting, the board met with Neponset Township representatives to discuss an intergovernmental agreement between the two governmental bodies. The township representatives had a new agreement from the lawyers and village trustee Gene Costin recommended the board accept the agreement. The village attorney will write an ordinance for acceptance of the agreement for next month’s board meeting.

The board also discussed the new water ordinance and accepted the ordinance as written. The board also discussed the 101 W. Commercial St. building, with that discussion to be put back on next month’s agenda.

In trustee reports, Wayne Gerrond distributed a list of the water meters which have been changed at this point. He also reported there was a sewer leak and a water leak which were repaired in the past two weeks.

Trustee John Pratt distributed the police report and said he had a couple phone calls regarding dogs and a lawn, with that information given to the police department.

Barb Jannie asked if the village would have a Halloween party and trick-or-treat this year. If so, she recommended the village go with Friday, Oct. 31. The board agreed to go with the Oct. 31 date, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Ken Snyder reported the village farmer’s market is going well, and it has been moved to the gas station to provide better access for customers. Snyder also reported on the meeting he attended in Princeton with the North Central Illinois Council of Governments regarding FEMA disaster planning. Area volunteers will be needed to work on the plan, which will encompass flooding, tornadoes and other disasters.

Snyder also reported the road grinding approved by the board at last month’s meeting is not available at this time, and the village will need to with cold patch work this year.

Also, Snyder reported Gregg Gunning has volunteered to repair the electrical connections and brackets for the Christmas lights. Snyder recommended the village at least reimburse Gunning for his materials.

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