Kansas board discusses Henn’s departure

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KANSAS – The Kansas Village Board members went into closed session during the Wednesday, Aug. 7, meeting to discuss the soon to be vacant position of the public works director.

Current director Andrew Henn is leaving the position in which he oversees the village’s water and utilities, sanitation and drainage, public health, public property and equipment and streets and alleys. Prior to the closed session he indicated he did not have an official last day and will remain in his position until a new employee is hired and trained.

During the public property and equipment discussion, the board voted unanimously to vacate a former railroad property to R.W. Bishop and Mike and Sharon Simpson.

Kansas Police Chief Jeff Goodwin presented his monthly report. The police department issued 10 citations, 12 written warnings and seven verbal warnings. Officers also made two criminal arrests and dealt with three complaints along with assisting the Brocton Police Department and the Edgar County Sheriff’s Department. In addition, they issued five village ordinance violations and reported that four are in compliance.

Goodwin is also reviewing the village’s current ordinances to start the process of updating them to reflect the new Illinois laws related to cannabis use and sales and a law raising the age for purchasing tobacco products to 21.

Henn reported he is still in the process of installing the new wireless water meters and the Insurance Services Office (ISO) will be inspecting the fire hydrants in the village. ISO generates statistical information about fire departments and equipment, which insurance companies use to determine policy rates within communities. Prior to the inspection, Henn will flush the village’s fire hydrants.

Henn has scheduled oil and chipping resurfacing of Catherine, Fourth, Jefferson, Lincoln and Hollingsworth streets. The drives in the cemetery will also get resurfaced.

Tree trimming and tree removal is on the summer work list. Henn noted he has contacted an arborist to help with the removal of three dying ash trees, a dead maple tree and a soft maple tree that is on top of a drainage tile. He will get bids and present them to the board at a later date.