FRANKFORT — The Frankfort village board has appointed one the village police officers a temporary sergeant until it hires a new fulltime police chief.
Officer John Congdon was given the temporary appointment at the recommendation of Police Chief Ronald Petrie.
Petrie last year announced his retirement effective Dec. 29, but is staying on in a part-time capacity while the village conducts a search for a new chief.
When the plans were announced last month, Mayor Richard Adams said he would be handling some of the chief’s administrative duties until a new chief is in place.
The board also approved Petrie’s request to hire Matthew Palumbo as a part-time officer effective Jan. 23.
In other business, the board approved a resolution establishing per-unit rates to pay for the sanitary sewer infrastructure project. There will be a special section on residents’ bills for the charge. The number of units is assigned based on the type of customer — whether residential, business, school, etc.
Adams reported the village hall was being made available as a warming shelter during regular office hours for anyone who needed shelter from the extreme cold.
The village will need to replace its 2003 John Deere loader, said Mike Irons, Department of Public Works foreman. He told the board the loader still has some value but should be replaced soon. Sale of the equipment would help offset the cost of a new loader, he said. He added he board also should consider replacing a 2005 Ford F350 pickup truck.
The recent extremely cold temperatures have made it difficult to treat village streets, Irons said. He told the board that salt is ineffective when the temperatures fall too low. If sand or other abrasive material is added, it would end up in the storm drains and result in additional work in the spring. The plows would be out clearing the snow, he said, but other treatment would have to wait until the temperatures rose a bit.
Irons expressed concern that cars parked in the village hall parking lot could interfere with plowing operations. Adams said those who were given permission to park in the lot were advised they would be required to move their cars during snow events. If they can’t follow those instructions, they will not be allowed to park there, he said.