New village clerk, part-time officer hired in Thomasboro

Rantoul Press correspondent

THOMASBORO — Jeremy Reale and Paul Alfonso were hired as village clerk and a part-time police officer Monday by the Thomasboro Village Board.

Reale, who grew up in Thomasboro, has worked as a clerk in both Rantoul and Lake Geneva, Wis.

“I wanted to get back in the community and help serve as best as I can,” Reale said.

His position is part time.

Current Village Clerk Becky Quinlan announced her plans to resign in early October. Quinlan plans to finish out the year. Reale will take over the position in January.

Trustee Bill Kurth thanked Quinlan for her service to the community, saying she has done an outstanding job.

Alfonso, from Grayslake, will start work as a part-time police officer effective immediately. He will primarily work day-time hours.

Police Chief Keith Willis said at last month’s board meeting that the part-time position was necessary to fill as the police department had been short-staffed. Willis said he is glad to have Alfonso stepping into the position.

In other business:
There will be no village Christmas lights for Thomasboro this year.

The board faced several challenges with new regulations from Ameren earlier this year. Though everything has now been approved, officials were not able to order new lights in time for the holidays. The lights and fixtures will be ready for next year’s holiday season.

Officials are looking into the purchase of a new radio control board for the village civil defense sirens. The current control board does not have narrowband capabilities, a new federal requirement for tornado sirens.

Of the quotes Griffin Technology presented, there are options for the village to spend either $3,600 or $7,500 — dependent on different upgrades, installs and warranty coverage.

Mayor Tony Grilo said officials should consult other companies before making a motion.

“Our tornado sirens are not something we want to skimp on,” he said. “I would feel a lot better if we had a few more quotes so we could make a more informed decision.”

The next village board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at the village office.


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