Council welcomes new public works director

Council welcomes new public works director

CARLINVILLE (May 10, 2018) – Greg Frieden, assistant area manager for Woodard and Curran, announced at the Monday, May 7, Carlinville City Council meeting that Daniel Held has replaced Tim Hasara as the city’s public works director. He had been in the position for about a week and a half as of the meeting.

Frieden said Hasara is still with the company but is being used elsewhere. “Dan’ll be here to fulfill any needs you have,” said Frieden.

“Dan’s been doing a great job in the short time he’s been here, and we want to say thank you,” said Mayor Deanna Demuzio. “It’s been a pleasure to have him with us.”

Events approved

Carlinville American Legion sought permission to host a “Rock for the Vets” concert from 6-11 p.m., Friday, June 15, in the American Legion amphitheater. The event will feature the band Thunderstruck from Louisville, Ky., and two local acts, including Josh Cerar’s band, Cruise Control.

Carlinville Lions Club will host their annual food drive for the Carlinville Food Pantry on Saturday, June 2, and this year will add a shred event; they sought permission to use the city hall parking lot for the shred event from 8 a.m. to noon. Carlinville residents will be able to bring up to five boxes each of unwanted papers document, which will be shredded on-site.

Both events were approved.

Other discussion

Marisa Joyce of Elevate Energy and Carlinville High School student Grace Traylor gave a brief presentation regarding the community challenge in which Carlinville has a chance to win up to $15,000 for the local schools, as well as money for local organizations. See the article on page 1A for more information about the challenge.

Responding to an inquiry from Alderwoman Beth Toon, Alderwoman Cindy Campbell gave a brief update on the Illinois Alluvial Regional Water Commission, stating, “We are still in contact with a couple of interested parties,” Campbell said. “There’s not a whole lot to update on. As you know, we are involved in a lawsuit, so that slows things down just a little bit, but we are really still devoted to getting water to Carlinville as soon as possible because we know that’s a need, and to other communities who are involved, so we’re moving forward in the ways that we can, still looking at well sites still talking to interested parties, still looking at funding.”

Alderman Randy Bilbruck asked when the damage done to ditches on Locust Street as part of the water project will be repaired; Held estimated it would take six more weeks to finish the remaining portions of the project, and repair work will begin after that, though it was noted that it is not recommended to plant grass seed in the summer months, so that may have to wait until September.

The council voted to hire 10 summer workers, as follows, with Alderman Joe Direso abstaining because one of the candidates is his nephew: William T. Boatman, Briley Roper, Ryan Bowman, Jonathan Stilwell, Eric Pingolt, Jonathan Reynolds, Tyler Quarton, Landon Eades, Colton DeLong and Jonathan Cram.

In other action, the council declared the property at 1000 North Broad a nuisance on the recommendation of Police Chief David Haley, who noted the owner has passed away; and agreed to rebid the sidewalk project, as the initial bids were rejected due to a large disparity between bids and the fact that one was unsealed while being delivered; and issued a proclamation declaring May 25-26 to be Poppy Days.