Carl Freeman is Geneseo’s newest alderman. Freeman was appointed to fill the first-ward seat vacated by long-time alderman Lowell Ewert, who retired earlier this year.
Geneseo mayor Linda Van Der Leest made the appointment, which was unanimously approved by the city council on April 10.
Freeman is a 1995 Geneseo graduate. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and is employed by the Rock Island Arsenal.
At the April 10 meeting, aldermen also:
• Voted to retain Peerless Service Co. to provide maintenance and related services for all city wells.
• Authorized the mayor to sign a lease agreement between the city and the Geneseo FFA chapter for the lease of land in Oakwood Cemetery and near the wind tower site.
• Accepted a mowing bid from Gehn’s Landscaping for regular mowing of North Cemetery, Champion Park and Lodge Park. Gehn’s Landscaping bid included an annual cut cost of $19,840 for the cemetery, $697 for Champion Park and $852 for Lodge Park.
• Approved consideration of a 2012 fireworks display not to exceed $10,000. Most of the $10,000 for the display is raised through private donations from area businesses and organizations.