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Channahon approves hire of new community officer

Position had been vacant for more than one year

Nina Funk is the new community service officer for Channahon.
Nina Funk is the new community service officer for Channahon.

Channahon hired a community service officer last week after going without one for more than a year.

Nina Funk was hired to serve in the part-time position as of Aug. 7, assisting the police department with duties such as daily pickup and delivery of materials from outside agencies, fingerprinting, coordinating community events, enforcing parking regulations and assisting with records.

Patrol officers have been handling the duties the past year, and Police Chief Shane Casey said bringing Funk on will allow the officers more time on the street.

Casey estimated weekly hours of 15-18, and the pay rate for the position is $15/hour.

Funk has a degree in criminal and social justice from the University of St. Francis and was a member of the Channahon Police Cadet program, where she was the 2016 Cadet of the Year.

At last week's meeting, trustees also approved adding one additional Class 1 liquor license to the village. Village President Missey Moorman Schumacher assigned the beer and wine license to the business Country Blaze, a restaurant newly located at 25445 S. Pheasant Lane.

Trustees also approved donating $5,000 to the Grundy Economic Development Council. GEDC President Nancy Norton gave a presentation to the board, outlining the benefits of the organization in helping bring development to the community.

Included were the opening of the Costo Meat Processing Plant, Hoffman Transportation and TownePlace Suites Marriot, which Norton said have brought almost 300 jobs to the county. Construction has also begun on LyondellBasell, Kellogg and Morris Hospital.

The Channahon village board also approved:

• Hiring Celtic Painting to paint the police department at a cost of $14,495.

• Purchasing a dump truck and plow equipment from Rush Truck Center of Illinois at a cost of $172,528.

• Purchasing a new Hustler Super Z lawn mower through the cooperative Sourcewell from Turf Team for $12,987.

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