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 Monday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 2013. There are 22 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: All last week were favored with the most delightful Indian summer weather. The mercury ranged from 40 to 65 degrees and the ice is entirely gone out of the river. 1888 — 125 years ago: W.D. Reimers was given charge of the Weyerhaeuser-Denkmann mill in Davenport. 1913 — 100 years ago: Eight hundred or more tons of earth in six landslides, covered 38th Street for a distance of 200 feet near 7th Avenue and destroyed much property. 1938 — 75 years ago: Patrolman Joseph H. Schnelder, of Moline, has been awarded four medals for proficiency in marksmanship. He is the crack pistol shot of the Rock Island district. 1963 — 50 years ago: For the 83rd year, George Frederic Handel's "Messiah" was performed at Augustana College ushering in the spiritual aspect of the Christmas season. 1988 — 25 years ago: A water main break Thursday night, the fourth this week, affected 35 homes near the 2200 block of 39th Street, Rock Island, city officials said today.