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Village swears in new, returning members of its board

Posted May 8, 2013 by Joe Rehana in News
Goreville Village Board members prepare to be sworn in before the start of new business Monday night at the Village Hall Council room.   From left to right: re-elcted Trustee Jason Beckmann, re-elcted Trustee Jody Johnson, re-elcted Village Clerk Agnes Paul, re-elected Village Mayor Larry Vaughn, re-elcted Trustee Jeff Jones and newly elected Trustee Darren Venus.

Goreville Village Board members prepare to be sworn in before the start of new business Monday night at the Village Hall Council room. From left to right: re-elcted Trustee Jason Beckmann, re-elcted Trustee Jody Johnson, re-elcted Village Clerk Agnes Paul, re-elected Village Mayor Larry Vaughn, re-elcted Trustee Jeff Jones and newly elected Trustee Darren Venus.

The Goreville Village Board expressed “heart-felt” sentiments as long-time Trustee Tim Gage stepped aside for a newly elected trustee to be sworn in as Mayor Larry Vaughn said the new member, “Had some pretty big shoes to fill.”

Gage, who has served on the board for more than 22 years, will remain as Goreville Fire Chief and said he felt it was time for “new blood” in his decision to not run for re-election.

“I will miss it,” Gage said, adding that he has enjoyed the opportunity to have been a part of helping Goreville grow over the past two decades.  “I just felt this was a good time to go.” Before the start of new business at the Village Board meeting Monday night, Trustee Donald Kerley swore in newly elected Trustee Darren Venus, who was joined by re-elected Trustees Jason Beckmann, Jody Johnson and Jeff Jones along with re-elected Village Clerk Agnes Paul and re-elected Village Mayor Larry Vaughn.

Vaughn took a moment to express his appreciation for the work he and Gage participated in together saying, “Tim will be highly missed” as the two began their service together more than 22 years ago.

“Huge, huge asset to this city and I cannot come close to saying what he means to us,” Vaughn said of Gage’s departure.  “He will be missed.”

The board continued its meeting with new business that included the approval of a residential TIF agreement and a peer health plan renewal.

While the new business moved quickly and ended with the board conducting an executive session, old business on the agenda moved a little slower as the Village discussed the importance of concluding a “much needed” sewer and water rate increase.

The Village of Goreville has continued to operate in the red on its sewer and water rates for the past few years with the most recent year-to-date cost estimated at $45,000 more than revenue.  The sewer infrastructure is in need of repair as well as the Village’s sewer lagoons needing an increase in treatment as they reach capacity, officials said.  The board set a May 13 Finance Committee meeting date to discuss and complete a rate-increase plan it says it would immediately implement.

“We need to finish this debate and put it to a vote,” Vaughn said.

The Village also discussed and approved the dates of Sept. 6-8 for its City Wide Cleanup, in which the Village would provide three “big” dumpsters for locals to use.  Goreville residents will be allowed to throw out “pretty much all trash” at that time, said the board, excluding materials that were toxic in nature.  Proof of residency is required with a Goreville water bill or prior arrangements made at Village The April 8 regular meeting minutes were also approved as well as April bills totaling $49,415.10.

The next regularly scheduled Village Board meeting is set for Monday, June 3 with a start time of 6 p.m.