CHANNAHON – Taking the oath of office at this week’s Channahon village board meeting were the mayor, three trustees, the village clerk and a new police officer.
Village President Missey Moorman Schumacher was the first to take the oath, sworn in by senior Village Trustee Sam Cook. Schumacher then swore in Trustees Scott McMillin, Patricia Perinar and Scott Slocum and Village Clerk Kristin Hall. All five were re-elected in April’s consolidated election.
A new Channahon police officer, Sean Wuethrich, was also hired and sworn in at the Monday meeting. Chief Shane Casey said 20 applicants interviewed for the position. Wuethrich is a sworn law enforcement officer and has worked for the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department for the past four years. He is originally from the Wilmington area and holds an associate degree in law enforcement from Joliet Junior College.
Casey said Wuethrich’s salary will be $59,162. The position is a replacement one, and Wuethrich will begin this week.
The village board also hired a part-time planner, Karen James, at a salary of $28.84 per hour. According to Director of Community Development Michael Petrick, James has considerable experience in planning and has served the local governments of Shorewood, Oswego and Will County. James holds a masters in urban planning degree.
Petrick said the village has not had a planner since the start of the recession 10 years ago. Trustee Scott McMillan voted against the measure. James will begin the position this week.
The board Monday also approved a measure that will allow a small truck terminal to operate at Lot 30 of the Channahon Industrial Park, 24030 S. Northern Illinois Drive.
GSM Management, LLC, plans on moving its Romeoville business to the vacant lot in Channahon. The terminal, according to the business’s attorney, will be for short-term hauls only and will not accept tankers. The approximately 16 semi-trucks will leave the terminal empty between three and six in the morning, make its hauls, then return empty at around 6 p.m.
Some repair work will be done on the fleet on the premises, and the site will include a service facility and offices, along with parking spaces. Trustee Scott Slocum confirmed with Petrick that the facility cannot expand without further approvals from the village board, and Trustee Chantal Host abstained from the vote.
The village board also approved several road projects, including a $194,429 bituminous surface treatment project with A.C. Pavement Striping; a survey and design project with Baxter and Woodman Consulting Engineers for an amount not to exceed $66,000; and a $29,965 spray patching project awarded to Midstate Asphalt Repair.