By Steve Rensberry, Editor
Troy Ward IV resident Debbie Knoll was appointed and approved by a vote of the Troy City Council on Sept. 16 to fill the vacated seat of former alderman Doug Partney, who resigned effected Sept. 15 after accepting a position as city administration to replace outgoing administrator Jeff Soland.
Knoll was appointed by Mayor Al Adomite and sworn in by City Clerk Andrea Lambert at Monday night’s meeting, receiving a unanimous vote of all those present. Alderman Sam Italiano was absent.
In a memorandum to council members, Adomite speaks highly of Knoll’s public service career and qualification, and as someone who he has known for many years. Knoll, he said, worked for more than two decades as a Personal Health Services Manager or Director of Nursing with the Madison County Health Department, as well serving on the board of directors of the Illinois Public Health Nurse Administrators, as vice president of the Woman’s Club of Troy, and as a member of the Troy Lions Club.
Knoll is a registered advanced practice nurse — clinical nurse specialist, with both bachelors and masters degrees from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Partney’s term, which Knoll will complete, was due to end in 2023.
Adomite shared his excitement and pride with respect to the fact that the council is now represented by three women.
“It is with great pride that I ask for your approval of Ms. Knoll, who will join a historic triumvirate of women on the City Council,” Adomite states in the memo. “In our city’s 162-year history, we have only been blessed with representation of two female council members twice. The first time was with the joint service of Aldermen Velda Armes (Ward II) and Jan Van Meter (Ward IV) from 1981 to 1983. Very recently, with achieved this total again with the appointment and successful election of Alderman Bonnie Levo (Ward III) and appointment of Alderman Elizabeth Hellrung (Ward I).”
Along with the appointment came a motion and approval to update committee assignments. Updated assignments are as follows:
Administrative and Community Services: Troy Turner (chair), Debbie know (vice chair), Dan Dawson, Elizabeth Hellrung.
Finance and Economic Development: Nathan Henderson (chair), Bonnie Levo (vice chair), Tony Manley, Sam Italiano.
Law Enforcement: Sam Italiano (chair), Tony Manley (vice chair), Bonnie Levo, Nathan Henderson.
Public Works: Dan Dawson (chair), Elizabeth Hellrung (vice chair), Troy Turner, Debbie Knoll.
Aldermen voted to approve an engineering contract with Oates Associates in the amount of $129,000 for work on developing a multi-use path from U.S. 40 to the Spash Pad to West Clay and Illinois 162. Money will come from the city’s TIF Fund.