COAL CITY — There's a new sergeant in the Coal City Police Department.
Tom Logan, who has been with the department for 11 years, was formally recognized as sergeant at the Coal City Village Board meeting Monday night.
Trustee Terry Halliday read a brief biography for Logan, noting his roles in investigations and patrol, as well as an instructor in areas like pressure point defensive tactics and in Taser usage. He also touched on Logan's certifications as a juvenile officer and investigator, and his work as a field training officer for the department.
Police Chief Tom Best took a moment to say he's looking forward to working with Logan.
"He's been helping me for many years and a lot of things won't change because he does a lot of things that have to do with his job right now," he said. "I look forward to helping him out in graduating to a supervisory role, working with the other members of the department."
He congratulated Logan on the promotion, and Logan also was given a chance to give comment. He agreed with comments made by Halliday earlier about his connecting with the community.
"I definitely made this my career here," he said. "I enjoy working with everybody and I look forward to continuing my service here."
In other action, following the Nov. 6 advisory referendum on video gaming machines in Coal City, the board unanimously approved an ordinance allowing for the machines.
Village administrator Matt Fritz said the ordinance follows the state statute in allowing the machines.
Halliday said the vote settled the matter.
"The people have spoken and they're in favor of it," he said.
The board also unanimously approved to award a bid in the demolition of a four-unit apartment building at 31 N. Lincoln Street. The demolition is part of a project to make room for a future cul-de-sac to close the current crossing of Lincoln with the BNSF tracks at Illinois 113.
The board approved Clark Excavating's bid of $13,500 for the work.