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 Wednesday, July 30, the 211th day of 2014. There are 154 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."