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Channahon Village Board works to fill staff openings

CHANNAHON – The village of Channahon is working to fill numerous personnel positions that have opened recently.

At the Village’s Board meeting Monday, it voted to hire a new chief building official to replace Dave Cavanaugh, who retires Friday after 11 years in the position. Stephen Kuczkowski, currently senior building commissioner for Crest Hill, will assume the position at a beginning salary of $80,000.

Channahon resident Ricky Gray was approved as a new planning and zoning commissioner. Gray has lived in Channahon for 15 years, is a retired Local 705 member, a Realtor and a member of the Channahon Economic Development Committee.

Trustees also created a new position and filled it. Nicole Norris will begin as marketing and data coordinator at a wage of $17 per hour in the 20-hour-a-week position. She will be responsible for marketing and information technology tasks, recalling Freedom of Information Act requests, and assisting on collective bargaining agreements. Trustee Scott McMillin voted against the measure.

The search to replace two senior staff members is ongoing, trustee Sam Greco said. Interviews have been concluded to replace Village Administrator Joe Pena, who retired last month, and the three final candidates will be brought before the board for consideration. Interviews will begin this week to find a replacement for finance director Bob Guess, who retires in June.

In other business, the village board took action on some building projects.

An amended site plan was approved for Channahon United Methodist Church, which plans on adding a 5,850-square-foot fellowship hall to its existing building on 24751 W. Eames St. The hall was designed at the same time as the main building, but was put on hold due to budget considerations.

Community Development Director Mike McMahon said members plan on using the hall for youth activities, the thrift shop and special events.

Trustees also approved three contracts for road preservation projects:

• An asphalt preservation project contract to American Road Maintenance, for $122,863. The contractor will preserve 82,864-square yards of new asphalt-surfaced roads with sand added for traction.

• Corrective Asphalt Materials will receive $63,458 for an asphalt preservation project for 52,042-square-yards of older asphalt-surfaced roads in the village.

• Midstate Asphalt Repair will receive a $19,989 contract for various spray patching projects throughout the village. Spray patching is used to maintain isolated areas of roadways that have extensive cracking and pavement loss.

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