WHAT WE KNOW: Hillsdale voters elected TJ Francis as mayor, Jane Lundquist as village clerk and Bill Cole, Jan Lease, Kyle Fox and John Lundquist as village trustees in the April 2 election.

WHAT'S NEW: At a meeting Monday, May 20, the new board was sworn in with the exception of Lundquist, who decided to give up his seat on the board after submitting a bid for village mowing.

Lundquist said he would have withdrawn from the election had he known Hillsdale would be taking bids for mowing, since he has a developing mowing business. The board did not seek a replacement for him at the meeting.

June Cole and Tom Sikardi, outgoing trustees, as well as Joni Reiss, acting mayor and current trustee, were applauded for their dedication and service to the community, especially after the resignations of the mayor, attorney and three trustees in December 2018 left the village short-handed. 

After being sworn in, Francis re-appointed current treasurer Beth Quilty to that role, as well as current village attorney Virgil Thurman. Francis asked if Thurman would like to continue in the role, since he had earlier said he would be helping out only during the transition after the previous attorney resigned. Thurman said he’d be willing to stay on. Francis also agreed to be the village's Freedom of Information Act officer.

WHAT'S NEXT: The board was updated on plans for Hillsdale Days, set for June 28 and 29. Organizer Kelly Becht said she’d had a phenomenal response from local businesses donating to the event, and so far the event costs were under budget.

At the next meeting, the board will review the ordinance requiring registration of neighborhood vehicles, such as golf carts, and consider bids for removal of two trees and for fixing a panel and panel gates at the lift station near the trailer park.


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