NEWS

Committee meeting learns of resignations

Cathy Decker/Staff reporter

The Aledo City Council met as a committee of the whole Monday night to discuss Tax Increment Financing, Aug. 25, 2008 and learned that Alderman Don Zook, Ward 2, was resigning. Public Works Director Steve Moller also submitted a letter to the council with his resignation.

Moller is taking a position with the City of Milan as a building inspector and zoning officer. He began as director of public works for the city of Aledo in March 2006. "The opening came up, because the other person went to IDOT,"  said Moller. "I kind of grew up in Milan," he added.

Moller is trading in a 40-minute commute for a seven-minute commute at his new position. His last day in Aledo is Oct. 3, 2008.

Zook's resignation was effective immediately. He read a letter to the committee of the whole saying he needs to develop his Save-a-Lot building and since the contract with Medical Associates fell through "he has to do what he needs to do."

He went on to say he needs TIF money in order to make it work.

Zook was elected to Ward 2 alderman on April 16, 2007.

Mayor Lee Celske will be the one to name an alderman replacement, with the consent and approval of the council.

"Ultimately Don's spot has to be on the ballot next spring," said Patrick Burelle, city administrator.

This makes two elected officials that have resigned recently. In August, Dixie Meredith, Aledo city clerk, gave notice of her resignation. Nobody has been appointed to replace her yet.