Hess addresses Aledo City Council

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Adonai Director Amy Hess speaks to the Aledo City Council.

Amy Hess, director of Adonai Support Services, addressed the Aledo City Council's Committee of the Whole May 4.

Hess gave the council an update on what she has been doing over the past year. She will mark the third anniversary of her start date with the Adonai this year.

Hess told the council that 80 percent of what she does still relates to counseling veterans one on one. "I'm still seeking out the veteran population.

She spoke about a Korean War Veteran who was exposed to radiation in the Marshall Islands. They are speaking with the VA Board of Appeals now about his situation. She has also spoke with veterans who believe they were exposed to Agent Orange. She has become a member of U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos' veteran's advisory committee. "There is some very important legislation that is coming forward. Hess talked about running into some homeless veterans in the area. Many still need clothing, linens, kitchen items, toiletries and small furniture.

"They are still coming in, I'm still seeking," said Hess.

"We became a 501c3 last May.

Hess requested a $3,000 grant from the city for this fiscal year.

Her summer projects include the installation of a handicap ramp, adding three parking spots to the driveway, tree removal along with other garden prep.

Adonai is also partnering with the Trailblazers 4H Club to plant a Victory Garden, a tradition that dates back to World War II.

The committee discussed a Memorial Day Service parade which will be held May 25.

"The event has really grown," said Alderman Jay Doherty. We have abut 400 people who will attend." This year the event will be held on the band shell if the weather permits. If the weather is too bad the event will be switched to the VFW Hall.

In other news:

•Aledo Mayor Chris Hagloch declared May 16 as Aledo Poppy Day.

•Aledo Police Chief J. Michael Sponsler reported that the distracted driving clinic put on at Mercer County High School went really well and several students signed a pledge not to text or talk while driving. APD officer Murphy and ISP officer Jason Wilson assisted in the course.

•Hagloch and Sponsler each congratulated Alderman Mike Chausse for winning a Master Teacher Award.