The Osceola Village Board approved the process on replacing Tim Anderson, who resigned as Village trustee Aug. 4 during its Aug. 12 monthly meeting. 

In his letter, Anderson said the resignation, which was effective immediately, wished his former Trustees the best of luck in their future endeavors, thanked the staff for all the work they’ve done and he was proud to call Osceola home. 

For those interested, they have until 4 p.m., Aug. 31, to submit their application. For a detailed description of the job, check out the village’s website and Employment Opportunities under the Government link. 

A candidate forum and interviews with the Village Board will be Sept. 8 with the candidate being sworn in on Oct. 13. 

Anderson’s replacement will serve out the rest of his term, which will expire in April 2021. 

“You have to be willing to put in the time,” said trustee Bruce Gilliland, when trustees were discussing the process. “Some months could be one meeting, other months could be four.” 

Approvals

The Board approved an emergency River Street storm main repair contract with A-1 Construction for $11,282.50. In his introduction explaining the request, Todd Waters, Public Works Coordinator, stressed the sewer pipe “has been deteriorating rapidly since 2014 and has suffered catastrophic failure.” 

Approval was also granted for developing a new Tax Increment District. Titled TID 3, Village staff were seeking approval to help fund new growth projects including Ridge Road realignment, River Road reconstruction, potential private development incentives, trail and parking improvements as well as enhancements along Depot Road. 

With Anderson’s resignation, Deb Rose was approved to fill his spot on the Planning Commission. In addition, President Jeromy Buberl was named to the Library Board to replace Rose. 

Kennel licenses were granted to Joe and Allana Clymer, Robert and M. Catherine Stangroom and Arlo and Julie Ann Kehren. 

Department updates

Police Chief Ron Pedrys reported for the month of July, seven arrests were made and 21 traffic citations were issued. 

Todd Waters Public Works Coordinator reported 5 miles of right of way were cleared within the Village of trees and overgrowth along with street sign maintenance and new signage continuing to go up weekly. 

Fire Chief Paul Elfstrom said for July there were 10 runs total, seven in the Village. Six of those 10 were for Fire Alarm purposes. 

Other items

Discussion was held on the style and size for Discovery Center donor appreciation signs, but no action was taken. 

The Board spent the first 35-40 minutes of the meeting hearing from citizens expressing their displeasure about the Board’s vote not to approve extraterritorial zoning regarding North 40’s proposed mine expansion and other mine topics. 

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