BY BOB LOGAN
FRANKLIN GROVE — A new mayor and two new trustees will take their seats when the Franklin Grove Village Board meets on Monday, May 13 at 7 p.m. in the Franklin GroveVillage Hall.
The new board will include village president David Atkinson and trustees Mike Crofton and Roger Warrenfeltz. Village clerk Lori Smith and trustee Scott Spangler were reelected and sitting trustees Tony Schaneberg, Keith Roop and Ed Uphoff will round out the new board.
The newly elected and reelected officers will be sworn in at the close of old business during the first part of the evening when the old board under current Mayor Bob Logan will tie up loose ends before adjourning sine di.
Atkinson defeated long-time Mayor Logan and trustee Schaneberg in a three-way race. The race was a competitive but cleanly run by all parties that will allow for a smooth transition where the board can pick up and face the challenges that were before them heading into the election. Logan and Atkinson have met to discuss the transition and have pledged to work together for the best of the village.
The public is invited to the meeting to observe the swearing in of the new board and take part in local government.
Under old business, the village is scheduled to consider an annexation request of the James and Donna O’Brien parcel on behalf of their co-executors. The parcel is expected to be annexed as residential property without opposition.
This past weekend members of the village board coordinated the annual village clean-up day and were greatly assisted in their efforts by the AFC FFA. For approximately 20 years now the village board and FFA have been working together to assist community residents with spring clean-up.
One packed dumpster, part of a second and several pickup truck and trailer loads of recyclables were gathered.
The village is currently working with Secure Recycling Services, a division of Kreider Services of Dixon, to provide recycling avenues for old TVs, computers and other electronic items. Many old computers, cameras, cell phones and TVs were collected on clean-up day.