Kansas Village Board hires new water superintendent

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Kansas Village Board members hired a new water supervisor at the regular board meeting Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Kansas resident Dan Shick will replace longtime employee Andrew Henn as the water superintendent of the Kansas Municipal Water Works. Henn plans to stay on board to help train Shick with a projected leaving date of Dec. 1.

Once Shick is acclimated with the water department and the daily operations, he will work part-time overseeing maintenance of the equipment, completing water samples and ensuring the quality of water in the village. The board approved paying Shick $800 monthly for a total annual salary of $9,600. He begins Oct. 1.

Shick is highly qualified for the position. In 2017, he obtained a biology degree from Eastern Illinois University. Shick is currently the lab director at Charleston Water Services and he possesses a Class A Environmental Protection Agency Drinking Water Operator Certification.

“I will learn from Andrew, then when ever he leaves I will make sure it runs efficiently,” Shick explained and added, “This is a little bit of a different operation than in Charleston.”

The board approved the low bid from Coon Tree Service in Oakland to cut down and grind the stumps of five trees. Coon will remove three dead ash trees, a dead maple tree and a maple tree that is interfering with a drainage tile for a total of $5,025 to be paid from the motor fuel tax funds.

The Kansas Police Department issued nine citations, five written warnings and 15 verbal warnings. Officers made five criminal arrests and dealt with seven complaints. KPD assisted the Illinois State Police, Terre Haute, Ind., Police Department and the Edgar County Sheriff’s Department along with issuing two ordinance violations.