Closser re-elected as Yorkville Council president pro-tem

YORKVILLE – Councilman Blair Closser was re-elected as president pro-tem during Village Council’s recent meeting.

During the reorganizational portion of the meeting, committees for 2013 were announced.

Named to the revitalization and development committee were Karen Vargo, Closser and Ron Emerson. Clerk-Treasurer Peggy Grady as well as Emerson, Valerie Klubert and Tom Magnone were named to the finance committee; Closser, Emerson and Grady, insurance; Dan DiCenzo, Closser and Kevin Klubert, fire dependency board; DiCenzo and Vargo, streets/sidewalks/sanitation; Closser, DiCenzo and Kevin Klubert, fire department; Vargo, Closser and Valerie Klubert, grants and financial aid; Mayor John DeFilippo, safety; Police Chief John Morelli and Valerie Klubert, traffic and parking; Emerson and Magnone, municipal building; Magnone and Emerson, utilities; Closser and DiCenzo, water and sewer; and Emerson and Valerie Klubert, record committee.

Vargo and Valerie Klubert were selected to represent the village at Jefferson County Regional Planning Commission meetings, which are held at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month.

Council will hold regular meetings at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month, with the committees to meet at 7 p.m. the third Monday of each month.

Several standing authorizations for 2013 were approved in regard to tax settlements, borrowing of funds, investing funds, paying bills and emergency personnel regarding authorization for the mayor to hire temporary or emergency personnel for emergency situations and including overtime for salary employees, if needed.

The mayor also was authorized to serve as purchasing agent for 2013.

In other matters, Diane McCracken discussed the fourth-annual Relay for Life 5K run scheduled March 16 in Yorkville. She presented pamphlets and posters to be distributed.

As recommended by Morelli, council approved a motion to hire Steven Stan as a full-time officer, effective as soon as a physical exam is completed. He will attend reserve training one weekend a month, but this will not conflict with his schedule, according to officials.

The possibility of salary increases for employees was discussed but no action was taken.

A town meeting is planned at 7 p.m. on Feb. 13 at the firehouse.

Council welcomed two new businesses – Gem Pizza and Salon Envy.