LOMBARD – Not every item on the agenda of a village board meeting receives extended discussion time. But these pieces of information are important, nonetheless. Below are five newsworthy briefs from the Jan. 16 Lombard Village Board of Trustees meeting.
1. Sexton finishes temporary role
Tim Sexton, Lombard's director of finance, served his final board meeting working double-duty as Lombard's acting village manager. Sexton has been serving the temporary role for roughly four months, but beginning this week, Scott Niehaus, the village's next manager, will begin his new position. Lombard Village President Keith Giagnorio praised Sexton for his work, and for making his job easier.
Quote of note: "I would like to thank the board for the opportunity. It's been a great learning experience for me." – Tim Sexton, acting village manager
2. District 1 Facebook page
Lombard Trustee Dan Whittington (District 1) recently started a Facebook page designed for residents and business owners in his district. The page, found at District 1 - Lombard, will allow individuals to communicate more efficiently and receive information about things going on in the district. The page had 116 "likes" as of Jan. 17.
Quote of note: "If you want to communicate with us and banter back and fourth together – it's been going real well." – Lombard Trustee Dan Whittington
3. Successful blood donation
The Village of Lombard collected 159 pints of donated blood on Jan. 15 during its Winter Blood Drive, held at both village hall and Yorktown Shopping Center. The blood drive was spearheaded by Carol Bauer, Lombard's executive coordinator.
Quote of note: "Good job, Carol, and everybody who volunteered." – President Keith Giagnorio
4. Officer Stern sworn-in
The Lombard Police Department welcomed its newest member, Andrew Stern, a probationary patrol officer. Stern, 26, of Carol Stream, graduated with a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Illinois before switching his career path. Stern began his employment with the department on Dec. 30.
Quote of note: "Andy, welcome aboard." – Lombard Police Chief Ray Byrne
5. Praise for village departments
Lombard President Keith Giagnorio thanked the village's public works, police and fire departments for their efforts during the two snow events and the Arctic weather that followed earlier this month.
Quote of note: "I know it's not easy and you get a lot of complaints, [but] we can't be everywhere, all the time. We do the best we can." – President Keith Giagnorio