By Charlie Feldman
The Glen Carbon Village Board recognized a police sergeant who is stepping down after 44 years of service at its Tuesday, July 13 meeting.
Police Chief Todd Link read a proclamation issued by Illinois Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) before the state general assembly to congratulate Sergeant James T. Jones on his retirement.
He joined the force as a patrol officer on Oct. 5, 1976 and was promoted to sergeant in 1977. Since 2009 he’d been doing his patrolling on a motorcycle. His vehicle was recently sold, according to Jones, and the position of motorcycle cop eliminated completely. “I think that’s it,” he said. “I want to be the last.”
Stepping into his shoes as sergeant will be Detective Steven Diest, who has been promoted. He also received a plaque for his outstanding service in investigations.
Aaron Porter was sworn in as a patrol officer. A lifelong Glen Carbon resident, he was a lateral transfer from the Alton Police Department.
In other action the board approved:
· the low bid received for the Miner Park Pavilion Rehabilitation Project from Stutz Excavating in the amount of $26,850.00. 10. The project is funded by a Madison County Park Enhancement Program grant.
· a request from Osborn Development, LLC to extend the preliminary plat approval for Birchwood Park Estates (previously approved by the Village Board on July 9, 2019) to July 9, 2022. The property is in the Cottonwood area.
· The donation of surplus property MDC and docking stations used in police cars to the East Alton Police Department. To replace them, the village approved a bid from Utilitra in the amount of $48, 199.92 for 12 new MDCs and docking stations,
· annexing 127 North Main Street to Glen Carbon. It is located within the corporate limits of the Village and completely surrounded by incorporated property. It is also part of the library district.
The next village board meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 27 at Village Hall.