Two new positions were created for Chatham at this week’s board meeting. The first was the Foreman for Water & Parks. This position was seen as necessary to handle the workload in those departments. Although the board was sympathetic to concerns about adding a new position, they said that the departments were under staffed, and that as a result there was work that was going undone.
The second was a revamp of the director position of the Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA). Previously the CEMA director had been an outside consultant. Issues with that model arose when the previous director left unexpectedly. Because he did not formally resign, the position was left functionally vacant during the height of storm season.
In response, the board amended the old position to made the director either an employee or contractor to the village. After the amendment, Trenton N. Thompson was appointed to the director position. Mr. Thompson was highly recommended for the role, and is very experienced in emergency management. With Director Thompson on board, the board also hopes that the village’s emergency response plan can be finalized and approved.
You can watch the full meeting in the player.
LIVE | Springfield City Council committee of the whole Dec. 11th
Follow along live with the Springfield City Council’s committee of the whole meeting for December 11th.
LIVE | Springfield City Council Meeting December 4th
Follow along live with the Springfield City Council meeting for December 4th. There is a presentation by EmberClear about a proposed gas-fired plant.
Bustos’ American-made flag bill passes in the House
In 2015, the Federal government spent $4.4 million on foreign-made American flags. Almost all of these flags, which were used by the Department of Defense, came from China. Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos was appalled when she learned this from a veteran. Under current law, flags only need to be made of 50 percent American-made materials.
Bustos’ bill would require American flags purchased with taxpayer dollars be wholly produced in the United States. Yesterday, that bill passed the House. Bustos has been working on this issue for years; and this is not the first time her measure has made it out of the house.
HR 3121 will now go to the Senate to be voted on there.
You can watch Bustos’ speech in the player. You can read the bill here.