CAMBRIDGE -- The new Henry County Board on Monday voted 19-1 to retain Tim Wells, R-Geneseo, as board chairman.
No other board members were nominated for the position, with Jim Kursock, D-Kewanee, casting the lone dissenting vote.
John Sovanski, D-Kewanee, was elected vice-chairman in similar fashion. No other candidates were nominated, and Mr. Kursock cast the only opposition vote.
Mr. Wells noted Henry County's Nov. 6 elections illustrated the difference one vote can make. Kippy Nelson, R-Cambridge, was returned to the board after the official tally showed she had received one vote more than Tom Wiley, D-Cambridge. Mr. Wiley has decided not to seek a recount.
"We have many opportunities to work together as a team," Mr. Wells told board members. "I'm ready to work with leadership and vision. I look forward to being chairman and serving all of you."
Committee assignments also were made on Monday night:
-- Administration: Roger Gradert, R-Cambridge, chair; Mr. Sovanski, Marvin Gradert, R-Geneseo, Ted Sturtevant, D-Kewanee, and Kathy Nelson, R-Geneseo
-- Finance: Dennis Anderson, R-Galva, chair; Mr. Gradert, Jerry Thompson, D-Kewanee, and Loren Rathjen, R-Colona
-- Health and Social Services: Karen Urick, R-Prophetstown, chair; Jan May, D-Kewanee, and Bill Preston, R-Geneseo
-- Planning and Development: Ann DeSmith, D-Atkinson, chair; Mr. Thompson, Mr. Kursock and Rick Livesay, R-Geneseo
-- Public Safety: Ms. Nelson, chair; Mr. Kursock, Ms. Urick and Ms. DeSmith
-- Transportation: Mr. Livesay, chair; Mr. Sturtevant, Mr. Preston and Jim Findley, D-Kewanee
-- Communications: JoAnne Hillman, D-Colona, chair; Mr. Findley, Tom May, D-Kewanee, and Jacob Waller, R-Geneseo
-- Executive:Mr. Sovanski, chair; Mr. Anderson, Ms. Hillman, Ms. Urick, Ms. DeSmith, Mr. Livesay, Mr. Gradert and Ms. Nelson.
As part of the board's reorganization, members also drew lots for two- or four-year terms.
In District 1, two-year terms were drawn by Mr. Wells, Mr. Gradert, Mr. Livesay, Mr. Rathjen and Mr. Preston. Drawing four-year terms were Ms. Urick, Ms. Nelson, Mr. Waller, Ms. DeSmith and Ms. Hillman.
In District 2, two-year terms were drawn by Ms. May, Mr. Sovanski, Mr. Gradert, Mr. May and Mr. Anderson. Drawing four-year terms were Mr. Kursock, Mr. Sturtevant, Mr. Thompson, Mr. Findley and Ms. Nelson.
Today is Monday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 2013. There are 22 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: All last week were favored with the most delightful Indian summer weather. The mercury ranged from 40 to 65 degrees and the ice is entirely gone out of the river. 1888 — 125 years ago: W.D. Reimers was given charge of the Weyerhaeuser-Denkmann mill in Davenport. 1913 — 100 years ago: Eight hundred or more tons of earth in six landslides, covered 38th Street for a distance of 200 feet near 7th Avenue and destroyed much property. 1938 — 75 years ago: Patrolman Joseph H. Schnelder, of Moline, has been awarded four medals for proficiency in marksmanship. He is the crack pistol shot of the Rock Island district. 1963 — 50 years ago: For the 83rd year, George Frederic Handel's "Messiah" was performed at Augustana College ushering in the spiritual aspect of the Christmas season. 1988 — 25 years ago: A water main break Thursday night, the fourth this week, affected 35 homes near the 2200 block of 39th Street, Rock Island, city officials said today.