ALEDO -- Chris Hagloch thanked his wife and said his friends told him not to "forget the little people" after being sworn in as mayor.
Mayor Hagloch also said former Mayor Bill Breeden will be missed on the council but has agreed to accept an appointment on the economic development committee. Other committee appointments will be announced at the May 20 meeting, Mayor Hagloch said. He also said he expects to fill the Ward 1 alderman vacancy created by his election as mayor on April 9.
Also sworn into office Monday night as aldermen were Ila Bertrand, Tom Watkins, Terry Bewley and Barry Cooper, as well as city clerk Jarod Dale and treasurer Sandy Bull.
Mr. Breeden thanked the council and city employees for their efforts.
"You read your packets and voted what was best for the city," he told the council. "You did it with civility and cooperation. It has been an honor to serve with you.
"When I first took the office, I didn't want any surprises, and there weren't any," he said. "The citizens of Aledo had confidence and understanding. I had fun; I had fun because of the people around me. All the employees work diligently and effectively."
Aldermen on Monday accepted the low bid of $40,970 from Bates Utility Co., of Weldon Springs, Mo., for the manhole rehabilitation project within the tax-increment-financing district. Stephen Moller, public works director, said the bid was about $20,000 less than projected.
Aldermen also agreed to research renting a patching machine from Mercer Township, designateddepositories for city funds andlearned the police department recently took in 75.1 pounds of unwanted medicines from residents.
Today is Friday, March 7, the 66th day of 2014. There are 299 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat came up to her dock yesterday and was punching away at the ice, which is crowded up against the Iowa shore. 1889 -- 125 years ago: J.C. Bromley, of Rock Island, has received a patent on a steam activated valve. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Major. C.W. Hawes, head clerk of the Modern Woodmen of America, was honored by department chiefs on his 73rd birthday 1939 -- 75 years ago: Mayor Robert Galbraith declared that 75 percent of the people here have talked to "favor construction of Rock Island's new city hall in Spencer Square." 1964 -- 50 years ago: C.H. Langman & Sons, Rock Island, has been awarded the general contract for partial rehabilitation and modernization of the main building at the East Moline State Hospital. The Langman firm bid $424,839. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The cost of living in the Quad-Cities is 6.8 percent less than the average of 260 metropolitan areas.