Minooka is short one trustee.
On Tuesday, Trustee Dave Deahl announced that he would be resigning his post because of a planned move out of the state.
“It is with much regret that I am forced to resign my position as village trustee effective as of the adjournment of the village board meeting on July 23, 2019,” Deahl wrote in his resignation letter to the village.
Deahl said he and his wife would be moving out of state to a more suitable year-round climate and environment out of concern for his wife’s health. The couple will take up residence in Arizona later this month.
Deahl, a retired police officer, has been a Minooka resident for 16 years and a trustee for the past two years.
Before his term on the board, he served six years on the planning and zoning board and two years with the police pension commission. Deahl said he felt he was able to effect change along with other board members in each of his public assignments.
During his tenure on the police pension board, which he described as “an eye-opener,” Deahl said the village was able to turn around the budget, going from a deficit in that fund to a surplus.
“That worked out well for the village and for us,” he said.
Deahl added that he was proud of his years on the planning and zoning board at a time when several warehouses, hotels and other new businesses were added along Interstate 80.
He said that the village was able to take advantage of incoming business tax dollar revenue while also keeping those large-scale businesses separate from the residential areas of Minooka, maintaining the integrity of the small-town atmosphere.
When asked what he would miss the most, Deahl said it was “the people and the friendliness of all the people in the area.”
Mayor Pat Brennan presented Deahl with a certificate of appreciation during Tuesday’s regular meeting of the village board.
“Dave is a great friend to everybody, and he did a wonderful job,” Brennan said.
Per state statute, the board must approve the appointment of a new member within the next 60 days.