Council approves final plat for Villas

Cala Smoldt Correspondent

ALEDO — The City Council on Monday, Sept. 19, approved the final plat for the Villas at Heritage Woods Subdivision with a single dissenting vote from Alderman Terry Bewley.

“It’s nice to finally see a stagnant piece of property moving forward with some positive movement for the city,” Mayor Chris Hagloch said.

Blackhawk Bank, Aledo, owns the property acquired during the transition from former Country Bank, whose doors were closed in October 2011 by the FDIC. Developer Alex McGehee is buying the property. Hagloch said Blackhawk Bank has worked with McGehee in the past.

“They showed this property to him and he showed interest,” Hagloch said. “We’ve been working with him for the past year, we finally came to an agreement. He will own the property, he will develop the property, it will be a private subdivision — the city will not maintain any of the streets, those are his.”

He said there are currently two condos and only one half is occupied at the subdivision on the south side of Brookstone of Aledo, a senior living facility.

“I’m excited that hopefully by spring we’ll see some development going on,” Hagloch said.

“It has nothing to do with Heritage Woods, and has nothing to do with Brookstone,” added the mayor.

Officials swore-in new police officer Jeffrey Wooldridge. He fills the vacant position left in the wake of officer John Murphy’s resignation. Murphy accepted a police position with the City of Rock Island.

Officer Wooldridge has been working in the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department as dispatcher and will be employed by the city part time. Police Chief Chris Sullivan said the department moves forward with mixed emotions.

“John has been a very good officer,” Sullivan said. “I know that he’s well-respected in the community; he’s done a tremendous job for the city of Aledo.”

Officer Murphy just celebrated 10 years serving Aledo. Sullivan said a party was held honoring him and his retiring K-9 Mollie. He said Wooldridge is a good find.

“We’re fortunate to have a young man on the list who was able to come right in,” Sullivan said. “He is a certified police officer, he is currently living here in the area.”

In other business, the council approved:

• Street closure for Mercer County High School Homecoming Parade to take place at 6 p.m. Thursday. It begins at 4th Street on North College Avenue and travels south to the stop lights at Central Park. Rain date is 3 p.m. Friday.

• Fall cleanup days Oct. 6-13. The contract was awarded to Jackson Disposal at $300 per container, Public Works Director Justin Blaser said the city typically uses 10 dumpsters per year. No electronics, paint or tires will be accepted. For a complete list contact city Hall at 582-7241

• Use of the Button Building for the Mercer County Health Department’s Hunting for the Cure scavenger hunt at downtown Aledo businesses on Saturday, Oct. 15.