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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Roodhouse joins council following Hartsock’s exit

  • Geneseo City Council alderman Jeanne Hartsock, who serves the city’s second ward, announced her resignation at the Oct. 9 council meeting.
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  • Geneseo City Council alderman Jeanne Hartsock, who serves the city’s second ward, announced her resignation at the Oct. 9 council meeting.
    Hartsock told members of the council she will be moving outside city limits and will no longer meet the council’s residency requirements.
    “It’s been an honor to be on the council and to serve,” Hartsock said. “We have a great city with really good employees.”
    Hartsock was elected to the Geneseo City Council in 2011. Her term was set to expire in 2013.
    To replace Hartsock on the council, Geneseo mayor Linda Van Der Leest nominated James Roodhouse. His nomination was accepted by the council.
    Roodhouse, who has lived in the community for the past six years, is the IT coordinator for the Geneseo School District.
    He will fill out the remainder of Hartsock’s term.
    At the Oct. 9 city council meeting, the board also:
    • Approved a conditional use permit within an agricultural district to run a kennel for the Henry County Humane Society property.
    • Approved a memorandum of understanding between the Illinois State Police and the Geneseo Police Department to use office space for crime scene services.
    • Approved a 20 percent refund of the building permit for the Geneseo High School building trades home in the amount of $141.90.
    • Voted to allow the city’s electric department to purchase a used cooling tower from River Falls, Wis., for $35,000 and $10,000 estimated shipping cost.
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