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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Ron Crank takes the mayor's gavel

  • Harrisburg City Council met for the first time under its new Mayor Pro Tem Ron Crank 9 a.m. Monday to take care of routine business.
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  • Harrisburg City Council met for the first time under its new Mayor Pro Tem Ron Crank 9 a.m. Monday to take care of routine business.
    Crank announced that half an hour prior Eric Gregg resigned as Harrisburg mayor in a press conference in Gregg's yard that Crank attended. Gregg has planned to resign as mayor for the past few months as he was appointed by Governor Pat Quinn to the Illinois Prisoner Review Board and could not continue to serve both positions. Gregg planned to step down once Crank completed his chemotherapy treatments for brain cancer and those treatments ended July 3.
    Under the commission form of government the finance commissioner — Crank — takes the mayor's position when the mayor leaves that post.
    City Attorney Todd Bittle said there may be a need for commissioner reshuffling and once that process is complete Crank would need to resign as finance commissioner. Upon his resignation council would appoint someone to the vacant council seat.
    During the meeting council:

    • Voted to pay $81,979 to George Jones construction for completing the improvement to the eastern portion of Locust Street — part of an agreement with Wortman-Meyer Properties at Effingham to locate a Mach 1 convenience store and gas station at the intersection of state Route 13 and Commercial Street.
    • Voted to pay E.T. Simonds $144,411 for street repairs in the Gaskins City area funded by an IDOT grant and $24,851 in the same area from a Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity grant.
    • Accepted the dedication of utilities and Leberman Road from Saline County to the City of Harrisburg in order to create a frontage road.
    • Paid Roy Adams Services $13,150 from tornado relief grant money that will go to S.Q. Carpentry and $93 for Adams' advertising.
    • Commissioner Bart Schiff said council could not take any action on a lease agreement with the county on the Harrisburg Police Station housed in Saline County Law Enforcement and Detention Center.
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