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Channahon hires police officer from New Lenox

CHANNAHON – Trustees have approved the appointment of a new Channahon police officer.

Justin Bennett serves as a community service officer with the New Lenox Police Department, and trustees approved his hiring during a brief meeting Monday evening.

“I think he will be a very good fit for our department,” Channahon Police Chief Jeff Wold said.

“I know he’ll do a wonderful job here,” Village President Joe Cook added. “It’s a big family here, and these guys do a good job at making it feel like a family.”

At the meeting, Cook also asked area drivers to take care around bus stops, now that school has begun. Children may not be watching carefully for cars.

“Keep it slow and take it easy,” he said, “and be cautious and aware.”

Safety training, concrete testing approved

Also Monday, trustees approved a one-year agreement with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 that will allow Public Works staff to continue training at the Wilmington facility.

For $5,760, a rate of $480 per employee, staff may train for occupational safety and health administration requirements and on how to use equipment such as backhoes.

Trustees also approved a $13,695 material testing proposal from Midwest Testing Services. The company will provide quality assurance testing on concrete, base course and asphalt done as part of Channahon’s road maintenance program. The work will take place at the business’s plant and on site.

The Village Board Monday also:

• Was presented with plans for a retail center and two restaurant buildings on 13.17 acres on the empty land at the southeast corner of Route 6 and Bluff Road. MKM Oil proposes the project and submitted a concept plan, though staff said a concept plan was not necessary since there is no need to subdivide the property.

• Approved donating a tree in the village’s tree walk in honor of police and fire commissioner Paul Lentz, who recently passed away.

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