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by Chris Russell
Peotone Township Supervisor David Cann announced his resignation to the board of Trustees.
Illinois Statutes state that if an office becomes vacant by resignation, the Township Board shall fill the vacancy by appointment and the person appointed shall hold the office for the remainder of the unexpired term. The Township Board has 60 days to fill any vacancy otherwise a special township meeting must be called to do so. Any person appointed must be of the same political party as the person vacating the office.
Before Cann’s resignation, he recommended that the Township Board strongly consider Township Clerk Gene Younker be appointed to the Supervisor office once vacated.
Cann cited Younker’s background and many years of service as both a Trustee and Clerk as qualifications to hold the office of Supervisor.
Cann’s letter of resignation stated, “Dear Peotone Township Board, It has been a pleasure working with you for the past 29 years as Trustee, Clerk, and Supervisor. It is with a heavy heart that I tender by resignation as Supervisor, effective immediately.
“I am doing so for personal reasons and ask that you respect mine and my family’s privacy. I thank you again for the opportunity to serve you and the people of Peotone Township.
Respectfully Submitted, David W. Cann”
The Township Board accepted his resignation and expressed their deep appreciation for his many years of dedicated service.
The Township Board discussed filling the open office of Supervisor and appointed Younker to the Supervisor position for the remainder of the unexpired term.
Therefore, Younker offered his resignation from his Clerk’s office, which the Township Board accepted.
Then, Trustees had to fill the Clerk’s position. Board members appointed Trustee Kent Heisner as Township Clerk. Heisner submitted his submitted his resignation as Trustee.
In other board news:
Marcie Hamann was approved to have access to all township bank fund records at First Midwest Bank.
Trustees approved an ordinance Prohibiting Sexual Harassment.
Board members approved the 2018 IGA Will-Ride program with a limit of $3,000 for the program.
Supervisor Younker informed the board that Will County Offices will no longer send correspondence out through the USPS. They requested updated Township officials’ emails for all correspondences.
The board discussed mail delivery to the township building and canceling the Post Office Box. Supervisor Younker and Road Commissioner Hack would look into the issue.
Supervisor Younker will look into updating the phone service to make it more efficient.
The Township filed a Tax Objection in Court Case #17 TX 295 by Chester Borsuk for his property on 11018 W. Wilmington Road, Peotone.
Heisner asked if there has been any progress regarding weight limit signage for the County Line Road & Bridge for trucks. Road Commissioner Hack stated that the Will County Sheriff’s Department informed him there is nothing more that can be done.
The current limit for hard roads is 80,000 lbs. and any restrictions would require an IDOT change.
Trustee Morgan offered to contact Judy Ogalla and invite her and possibly the Sheriff’s Officer that specializes in trucks to a future Township meeting.