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Minooka swears in new trustees after election

Village Clerk Kristi LaMontagna swears in trustees Terry Houchens, Dave Deahl and Chad Hrechko.
Village Clerk Kristi LaMontagna swears in trustees Terry Houchens, Dave Deahl and Chad Hrechko.

MINOOKA – Village Clerk Kristi LaMontagna swore in the Minooka village president, two new trustees and one incumbent trustee Tuesday night during the village’s reorganizational meeting.

Sworn in for four-year terms were village President Pat Brennan and trustees Chad Hrechko, Dave Deahl and Terry Houchens.

Brennan ran unopposed for his third term as village president. Houchens has served as a village trustee since 1997.

This is the first elected position for Hrechko, who was once a Minooka police officer and is now a Grundy County sheriff’s deputy. He has worked for the county for 14 years.

“I am looking forward to being part of the village – the growth, the direction, being a part of that,” Hrechko said.

Deahl has served on the village’s planning and zoning board for four years and the police pension board for eight years.

Deahl wants to see the village grow economically but remain a small community, he said.

“You have to balance those two things, sometimes it’s not easy,” he said.

Trustees Ray Mason and Rudy Martin did not run for re-election. Mason served as a trustee for 12 years and on the planning and zoning board for eight. Martin served as a trustee for eight years.

“Both [Hrechko and Deahl] have been around for awhile,” said Brennan. “I think they will fit right in and we will be up and running by our first board meeting.”

The board unanimously approved the appointment of Bob White to a five-year term on the planning and zoning board and approved Jackie Olin for a three-year reappointment to the police commission.

Also reappointed to positions that run concurrently with the village president’s term were Finance Director and Treasurer John Harrington; Village Clerk Kristi LaMontagna; Deputy Village Clerk Missy Ferguson; Chief of Police Justin Meyer; Superintendent of Public Works Ryan Anderson; Building & Zoning Officer Steve Thornton; Village Attorney Spesia & Ayers; and Village Engineer Robinson Engineering.

Brennan presented Mason with a plaque of appreciation for his many years serving with the village.

He also read a letter of thanks from Martin, who was unable to attend the meeting.

The board conducted a bit of business in addition to the reorganization.

Trustees unanimously approved some bills and transfers, most notably annual impact fees paid to local districts that are impacted by residential growth.

Channahon School District 17 will receive $2,400; Minooka Community High School District 111 will get $14,976; Minooka Community Consolidated School District 201 will receive $30,555; Minooka Fire Protection District will get $3,550; and Three Rivers Public Library District will receive $1,972.

Trustees also approved a video gaming ordinance that spells out age of use laws and the penalties for gaming businesses that fail to comply.

The ordinance allows Minooka police to perform gaming checks, which they previously were not able to do, said Village Administrator Dan Duffy. Tickets and fines will be handled in-house.

The compliance checks will be performed quarterly, as is also the case with tobacco and alcohol compliance checks, said Meyer.

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