Thomasboro board passes police chief contract

THOMASBORO — The Thomasboro Village Board on Monday approved unanimously an employment agreement with the new chief of police but with an addendum requiring village residency within a year.    

Mayor Tyler Evans said Robert Rea’s start date will be set once the agreement has been signed.

“Hopefully within two weeks, maybe sooner,” Evans said.

Highlights of the contract are: annual salary of $45,000; monthly health insurance stipend of $700; retirement contribution match of 3 percent; $50 monthly reimbursement for cell phone usage; payment of professional dues and subscriptions; provision and cleaning of uniforms; use of a village-owned vehicle for unlimited business and limited personal use; and annual performance and salary review.

The agreement may be terminated with 30 days notice by employer or employee.

In a related matter, Altamont Co. owner Ken Enright presented outgoing Police Chief Keith Willis with a Buck knife. The company manufactures the knife handles.

“Keith has taken care of us very, very well. He solved some very curious problems with some of our employees in a very professional and good manner,” Enright said. “We decided he ought to have some memory of what Altamont actually does. So Keith, thank you for all your help.”

Proposed amendments to the burning ordinance were tabled to the January meeting. A draft of the ordinance had been sent by the attorney earlier in the day. Neither trustees nor Fire Chief Paul Cundiff had had time to review the draft.

“It defines more or less in a better manner what’s acceptable or not, and allowing action to be taken if rules aren’t being followed,” Evans said.

Amendments to the ordinance regarding vicious dogs was also tabled to January.

In other business, the board approved a payment of $121,677 to Open Road Paving Co., Champaign, for resurfacing of Main Street.

The board also approved end-of-the-year employee bonuses. Fulltime employees will receive $100, and part-time employees $50.

Also adopted was the meeting schedule for 2018. The next meeting is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Trustee Tony Grilo reported permanent street repairs following a water main break at Schluter and Park would have to wait until spring.

“So FYI we’re aware of it,” Grilo said.


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