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 Sunday, March 9, the 68th day of 2014. There are 297 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Much damage is being done to sidewalks, shade trees, fences and gardens by hogs that are running at large about town. 1889 -- 125 years ago: H.C. Cleveland was elected air knight captain of Rock Island Division Uniform Rank Knights of Pythias. 1914 -- 100 years ago: B.W. Wilson, authority on birds and their habits, spoke at the weekly luncheon at the Rock Island Club. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The famous Dionne quintuplets have been invited to visit King George and Queen Elizabeth in Toronto on May 22, but Papa Dionne thinks their majesties should include the Callander nursery in their tour. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Ever been smothered by funny stuff? Well more than 2,600 people were last night when two boys named Tom and Dick Smothers took a "rocky, twisting road to folk music" in Davenport Masonic Temple. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Moline residents soon may be asked to recycle part of their garbage and might even get paid for it.