ST. JOSEPH — Trustee Tony Spurlock announced he is resigning from the board, effective April 29 — three-plus years before his term was to expire.
Mayor B.J. Hackler said Spurlock is moving to Savoy at the end of April. "I understand, it's better for his family and closer to his work," Hackler said.
Hackler said anyone interested in serving on the board should contact him at 217-469-7371. The Republican caucus will present a nominee to Hackler, who will then present that person to the village board.
The appointee will serve until May 2015, when the trustee will have to run for re-election.
In other news:
— The board approved the purchase of a salt storage building. The building is 30 feet wide, 15 feet high and 48 feet long. It will cost the village $8,300 — plus $3,500 for installation.
— Board members discussed a new chemical they will use next winter instead of traditional salt. Hackler said the chemical is effective at 40 degrees below zero and is made from corn and soybean byproduct.
"I was impressed with the product," Hackler said. "It won't rust cars."
Hackler said the product is more expensive than salt but lasts longer. He added that it can be placed in advance of a snow storm and remain effective.