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One issue dominated last evening’s Village Board meeting in Chatham: where did the $70 squeegee come from? No one had an answer, although some hypotheses were put forward. The most favorable and probable explanation is that the expense was for several squeegees, totaling $70. However, several residents voiced their concerns about this issue and other recent expenditures. They want to ensure spending is kept under control to prevent debt from accumulating that their children will have to pay off later. The Village Manager is investigating the issue.

Update: Village Manager Patrick McCarthy has contacted us to tell us the purchase was for 3, 30” squeegees. That comes out to $23.61 per squeegee.

County Clerk Don Gray (R) spoke to the board about recent activities from the Clerk’s office. These included the mobile records units and election security. The mobile record units bring vital record services to residents where they are. This is important for homebound individuals, and those who cannot reach the normal offices. Gray went on to assure the board that the recent primary election was carried out without any issues. He also said that Sangamon County election records are secure from outside interference. Still, upgrades are being planned to provide better service and more security when it comes to voter registration.

The board also recognized Police Sergeant Dave Drabing for his service. Sergeant Drabing will be retiring at the end of the month.

You can see the $70 expenditure on page 4 of the attached PDF Warrant List April 24 2018. You can watch the full meeting in the player.

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Senior strategist, statehouse reporter and political correspondent for Springfield Daily. Graduate of District 117 and UIS. Thomas covers stories in both Morgan and Sangamon Counties, as well as statewide politics.

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