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8/24/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
DeWitt swears in new police officer, approves Lions Clubs signage

By Kate Howes
Staff writer

Members of the DeWitt City Council greeted the city's newest police officer, Matt Whalen, at their meeting Monday night.

Whalen is from central Illinois and recently graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. He began working as an officer for the DeWitt Police Department Aug. 12 and officially was sworn-in by mayor Don Thiltgen during the council meeting.

"I know you'll be a real asset to our force," Thiltgen told Whalen as the two shook hands.

Whalen was selected for the position out of over 100 applicants, all of whom had to undergo a written test and interviews by members of the civil service committee and police department staff.

The council also approved placing Noon and Nite Lions Clubs signs in the right-of-ways at the entrances to town.

The approximate locations will be on the north side of 11th Street, opposite just east of the driveway at the high school on the east side of town; on the west side of Sixth Avenue, just north of the old REC building in the vicinity of the Welcome to DeWitt sign on the north end of town; on the south side of 11th Street, just east of the Silver Creek bridge on the west side of town; and somewhere in the block of the former Can City on the east side of Sixth Avenue on the town's south side.

Noon and Nite Lions members are working on the project with John Steiniger of Custom Art and Signs in DeWitt.

There will be two aluminum signs on one steel post that will include the times and locations of meetings.

In other business

In other business, the council:

•Rescheduled the next council meeting to Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. due to the Labor Day holiday.

•Approved the 2013 financial report for fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.

•Approved payment of $70,000 to Kluesner Construction for the street and alleys maintenance program.

•Approved the agreement with Friedman Distributing Inc. for repairs to Coverall buildings at the water pollution control plant.

•Approved the street closures for Necker's Diamond Dash.

•Approved utilizing Xpert Cleaning to complete cleaning at the aquatic center for the remainder of the season.

•Accepted a bid of $100 from Long Grove Electric for all the old streetlights and portable dock at the old REC building. The items will be removed within 30 days.

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