Mayor resigns

Lisa Hammer
Dwaine VanMeenen

    Saying he would miss the job and that he was proud of the village trustees, Cambridge mayor Dwaine Van Meenen on Monday, June 30, announced his resignation as of midnight Friday, July 4.

    "It's personal. I've had a rough time balancing my time between personal life, my job, my family and my grandkids," he said. He added the time had come when he had to make a choice.

    He pointed to accomplishments including the $1.4 million Prospect Street project, the $1 million North Street project, Dollar General as the village's first national chain store and Subway, the second, and the village's TIF district which he said is "allowing us nothing but great things."

    He has also had extra duties for the past seven months when Cambridge has been without a village administrator. He noted the position will be filled eventually and it's typical for the process to take a year.

    "I'm going to miss this, I'm not going to lie to you, but I have to do what's right for my family," he said.

    The audience at Monday's board meeting--consisting of trustees and a couple of employees--gave him a warm round of applause.

    Trustee Grady Usrey said he wanted to thank Van Meenen.

    “We couldn't have done it without you," he said.

    "You were a good leader," said Trustee Margie Martin.

    Trustee Bill Schehl nominated Trustee Jim Crouch to serve as acting mayor for 30 days; after that time he would have to resign as trustee to continue as mayor.

    Also Monday, the mayor announced Cambridge is to receive a $5,000 grant from the state of Illinois through Rep. Don Moffitt to extend the new sidewalks at College Square Park. He said the grant for the village was written by Mary Grant. The village has until June 30, 2009, to use the money.

    Trustees also:

    • Learned 38 percent of residents are participating in curbside recycling; Mayor Van Meenen suggested reporting on the percentage monthly or quarterly.

    • Approved spending $36,000 in motor fuel funds.

    • Approved applying for I.E.P.A. permits to bore east under Rt. 82 to extend water/sewer to the Winter property for the new fire station

    • Approved a $21,644 bid from Gustafson Ford in Galva for a public works truck and a $5,851 truck box; the truck replaces one that was involved in an accident and net cost after insurance is $11,387.

    • Approved spending $3,080 to write specifications for repainting the water tower and inspecting for possible repairs as well as tank cleaning; the tower has a minor leak and has been repainted twice since it was built in 1970.

    • Approved changing cell phone providers for one cell phone for a possible 15 percent savings on a $30 to $35 monthly bill