FRANKLIN GROVE — David Atkinson took his oath of office committing to uphold the constitutions of the United States and of Illinois and pledging to do his best to fulfill the duties of Franklin Grove Village President to the best of his abilities. Atkinson won the office in a three-way election defeating long-term village president Robert Logan and current village trustee Tony Schaneberg in the general election held on April 9.
Outgoing village president Logan requested and was granted the honor of administering the oath to village president Atkinson, to re-elected village clerk Lori Smith and trustee Scott Spangler and to newly elected trustees Roger Warrenfeltz and Mike Crofton.
Atkinson is a co-owner with his father and brothers of Atkinson Trucking in Franklin Grove. He is an accomplished diesel mechanic and drives trucks locally and over-the-road to haul whatever needs transported. Atkinson Trucking is the key sponsor of the annual “Big Rig Show” during the Franklin Grove Summer Harvest Festival. The company played an influential role getting Casey’s of Franklin Grove to offer diesel fuel as a service to their customers.
Atkinson served four years as village trustee and has been involved in coaching youth baseball for a number of years. He also serves as a youth leader in church ministry with plans to take a summer mission trip to the inner city of Oklahoma City.
Atkinson and the new board will be faced with the issues common to nearly every governing body including a stagnant economy. The Franklin Grove board is not currently carrying any bonded indebtedness but has applied for grants, that if awarded, may require the board to provide matching funds.
Logan conducted the first part of the meeting taking care of several items of old business, most notably the annexation of the James O’Brien property adjacent to the Franklin Grove Township Building.
The parcel was annexed at the request of the co-executors of his estate, Pat Lachat and Daniel O’Brien. In a May 2, decision, the Franklin Grove Zoning Board of Appeals voted unanimously to recommend the annexation.
The village board voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the zoning board and the parcel was annexed.
Logan presented a Meritorious Service placque to outgoing trustee Chad Murphy for exemplary service to the community during his term as village trustee. Murphy did not seek re-election to the village board, but sought and won a seat on the A-FC School Board.
In closing remarks, Logan referred to Mayor Atkinson as an intelligent and humble young man and referred to his ability to bring a new generation of young adults into involvement in the Franklin Grove community. Logan quoted from President John Kennedy’s innaugural address stating, “The torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans . . .”. Logan recently turned 60 and Atkinson, 35. Logan referred to David Atkinson as, “My Mayor” and finished his remarks.
In an effort to set the stage for Atkinson to assume his new responsibilities unimpeded, Logan left the meeting following his closing remarks.