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 Saturday, July 26, the 207th day of 2014. There are 158 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city? 1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.