NEWS

Aledo to join task force

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
Aledo Police Chief Christopher Sullivan

The Aledo City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 19, approved a resolution allowing the Aledo Police Department to join the Henry and Mercer county sheriff's department and the Illinois State Police in an investigative task force.

Aledo Police Chief Christopher Sullivan told the council "it is simply an inter-agency agreement." He said it would provide for "manpower and assistance" in the case of a major crime, such as a homicide, or for other major investigations.

"Henry County has had a task force," Sullivan said. "Rock Island County has a task force."

The chief said Henry County recently voted to allow the Aledo Police Department and the Mercer County Sheriff's Department to join the task force.

In other action, a resolution for design and planning services by Missman Inc. for the Intersection Construction Project was approved. The cost for design and planning is not to exceed $85,000.

The issue came before the council at its Jan. 4 meeting, but on a 4-3 vote, it was sent back to committee. After the committee had a chance to get some community feedback, it sent it back to the City Council.

The work is a portion of the $950,000 project at College Avenue and Main Street.

Alderman Terry Bewley said business owners in the area of the work realize they will be inconvenienced during the project, but "they are pleased this is going to be done."

A major topic of conversation during the Jan. 11 Public Property, Streets & Sidewalks Committee was whether the work will be completed between the Rhubarb Fest, June 3 and 4, and Antique Days, Aug. 27.

"It will be tight," Missman engineer Kirk Nelson said Jan. 11. "We can stage it such that we require them to do the intersection first."

City Administrator Bob Mahrt and Mayor Chris Hagloch are scheduled to travel to Galesburg Friday to meet with Sen. Chuck Weaver. Mayors of a number of communities have appointments that day to meet with the senator.

Hagloch asked aldermen for a "wish list" to present to Weaver.

"I'd love to have any of your input you'd like to add," the mayor said.

The council also approved an amendment to the lease for the Mercer County Senior Citizens Center.

Mayor Chris Hagloch, during the Committee of the Whole meeting, read a proclamation in honor of Ethel "Tommy" Greer's 100th birthday. Greer turned 100 on Jan. 18.

She served as Ward 1 Alderman from May 4, 1981, to April 30, 2005, and was acting mayor from Oct. 24, 1990, to April 30, 1991.

It was decided the proclamation would be framed and delivered by the mayor and a few council members to Greer.