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 Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet. 1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.