Volunteers met at 11 a.m. today at the Atkinson village office to begin placing 1,000 flags in anticipation of President Barack Obama's visit on Wednesday morning.
The president's town hall meeting is planned for 11:30 a.m. at Wyffels Hybrids on U.S. 6 at the east edge of town. The flags, donated by Larry Eckhard of Little York, were to be placed along the route the president is expected to take to Wyffels.
Mayor August Junior said he has been told he will meet the president some time Wednesday, but the exact time and location have not yet been disclosed.
"I also will be at the town hall meeting and appreciate the opportunity to hear concerns of local people and how the president will respond to those concerns," he said.
Trustees on Monday approved naming current part-time police officer Adam Borroughs as the village's new police chief. The son of current chief Marty Borroughs, Adam Borroughs will take his oath of office on Sept. 6.
The board also approved hiring Joe Morris as village building inspector. Mr. Morris, an Atkinson resident, will take classes to be certified, with Mayor Junior recommending the village pay for the classes.
"This is the first time we have had a building inspector who lived in town," Mayor Junior said.
Trustees discussed a complaint about the safety of private residence swimming pools not surrounded by fences. Trustee Mike Vergane will research ordinances on private swimming pools and is expected to report back at the next meeting.
Mr. Vergane also reported there were complaints about only one bus stop in Atkinson for students going to Geneseo schools. He said he was told there were two bus stops in previous years; he plans to ask Geneseo school officials for a second bus stop.
The board also voted to contribute $3,000 toward Heritage Day on Saturday, an event sponsored by the Atkinson Heritage Society.
Today is Tuesday, May 21, the 141st day of 2013. There are 224 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: On Monday the 11th inst. on Center Ridge in Mercer County,some citizens got out their cannon to celebrate the taking of Richmond. The gun wasoverloaded and burst. No one was injured, but one 30-pound piece went though thesecond story of a house. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The old folks concert at the Harper Theater last night to benefit St.Luke's Cottage Hospital, attracted a large audience. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Unless depredation by vandals in Rock Island parks is halted,special policemen will be assigned to night duty to protect the flowers and other property. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Station WHBF has received a special citation from Washington forits participation in Air Mail Week, which was observed this week throughout the nation. 1963 -- 50 years ago: A 10-year high in employment in the Quad-City area was reachedat the end of the last quarter, according to an industrial employment barometer releasedtoday. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Pee Wee teams will be able to play baseball and softball as usualon Diamond Three at Dorrance Park this summer, but after that, the ball field is doomed.County crews have put the diamond back in shape after heavy trucks marred the playingfield earlier this spring. Illinois Department of Transportation crews drove onto it to makeborings for the relocation of the junction of Illinois 84 and the Port Byron-Hillsdale road.