WESTVILLE — Village trustees reversed their support of Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed Turnaround Agenda on Tuesday night by rescinding a resolution approved at their April 14 meeting.
Just two weeks ago, the Westville village council passed a resolution supporting the governor's proposal, which calls for changes in the state's prevailing wage act as well as creating certain right-to-work free enterprise zones and granting local governments more authority when negotiating with government employee unions.
Mayor Mike Weese said after doing more research on the governor's proposal and after taking several calls from residents, he just felt that there were parts of the Turnaround Agenda that he could not support.
Trustees also heard from Vermilion County Board Chairman Mike Marron, who has been making the rounds to various county municipalities, outlining his plans for the county.
Marron said one of his prime goals is to get the county back to some sound financial planning. To that end, Marron said he plans to conduct regular meetings with the county board's finance committee chairman, as well as the financial resources officer, county auditor and county treasurer.
He also wants to establish a reserve fund to help in the event of unexpected financial needs as well as develop a five-year capital improvement plan.
Marron said several county buildings need some major repairs and the county may need to look at relocating the Courthouse Annex offices if something is done with the Bresee Tower in the future.
All of these items are important and could possibly be made more difficult if the governor's plan to cut the Local Government Distributive Fund by 50 percent.
If that happens, the county could lose as much as $1.3 million from the state.
In other council action, trustees:
• Approved amending the village ordinance on swimming pools. The ordinance calls for a $25 annual fee for swimming pools. The ordinance was changed to a one-time fee of $25 to install a swimming pool.
• Learned a streets employee is resigning. The council will decided after the new fiscal year, that begins May 1, whether to fill the vacancy.
The Westville village council will meet at 7 p.m. May 12 in the municipal building.