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Channahon Village Board appoints local head of emergency services

Emergency Services Coordinator position created

The Channahon village board approved hiring staff for six positions last week, although a couple were lateral moves within the village.

One position is a new one. Channahon resident John Grimmenga was hired as the village’s first Emergency Services Coordinator, a part-time position. Grimmenga is a retired fire chief with LyondellBasell with a substantial background in emergency preparedness.

Village President Missey Moorman Schumacher said the village does have an emergency services plan for quick and smooth responses to such events as tornadoes, but it needs to be updated, expanded and fine-tuned.

“We hired John because he has an extensive background in emergency services and community service,” she said. “He’s going to be a good fit for this. We created this position so we could be better prepared in the event of an emergency situation. It’s too late when an emergency happens. I wanted to get ahead of this, and John is the perfect candidate to do it.”

Schumacher said Grimmenga’s duties include creating a plan, gathering a volunteer core, and training staff and volunteers, as well as offering programs to keep them updated and engaged.

Grimmenga said he is already familiar with the Grundy and Will Counties’ Emergency Management Agencies, as well as the area police and fire departments and is looking forward to making a positive difference to the village.

Also placed was Mark Menard as the new Water Operator, filling the vacancy that opened in July when a staff member changed positions.

Brian Bojack was hired in Building Maintenance, a position which became available when an employee moved from that position to laborer.

Steven Scott Choate, formerly a laborer in the village, was hired as a second Working Foreman in the Public Works Department.

Two labor positions were also filled – one to replace a vacancy and the other a new position. Hired for the slots were Eric Stobaugh, formerly a village Building Maintenance Worker, and Brendon Steg.

Also Tuesday, Finance Director Heather Wagonblott presented the findings of the Moody’s Annual Comment Report on Channahon. The report is an assessment of the most recent credit information for local government bond issuers.

Wagonblott said this year’s Moody rating was not moved up or down.

“Channahon still has a very healthy financial position,” she told trustees at the meeting. “Overall, the village has a clean bill of health financially.”

The village board also approved its 2020 calendar, with board meetings always open to the public on the first and third Mondays of each month, except on certain holidays, when the meetings will take place on Tuesdays. Exact dates and times can be found on the village of Channahon’s website.

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