Mayor Hudson Holds First Meeting of 2024


By: Alli Harlan


The West Liberty Village Council held its first meeting of 2024 on Monday evening under the new Mayor, Brad Hudson.

Mayor Hudson gives a touch on his new title:

They began their meeting with an Oath of Office for new council member, Shannon Maier.

Maier explains her excitement within the council:

The council then elected the President of the Council to be Jayne Griffith.

New committees within the council are the following:

  • Safety Committee; Jim Hoffman
  • Finance Committee; Jayne Griffith and Trent Springs
  • Street Committee; Shannon Maier and Janette Zerkle

Trash trucks are expected to arrive within the next couple of weeks. Current trucks are 20 yards, and the new ones will increase to 27 yards, giving room for growth within the community.

Jeff Carr spoke to the council about opportunities for an environmental design for the water department. The council passed the first steps of the process within the design that Carr presented.

Mayor Hudson shares more information on the environmental project:

Chief of Police, Shane Oelker, informed the council that a part-time officer has resigned.

The minutes from the last meeting were approved and old business was discussed.

Resolution 2024-01 transfer between funds and Resolution 2024-04 transfer interest to appropriate funds both passed.

Recycling is still in consideration for the community of West Liberty. The council is planning to send out a survey to get proper opinions on the service. They are still working on this issue and are planning to discuss it further at the next meeting.

Next, the council discussed the services to maintain the mosquito population within the community. “Bug-A-Boo” is a service that costs over $300 an application which includes a fog service in the evening to reduce the mosquito population. This is another topic that will be discussed further at the next meeting.

There are over five new council member applications that have been submitted. The council will be holding a special meeting to discuss and review applications on January 22nd.

In 2023 the West Liberty Cemetery had 39 Burials and 27 plots.

Lastly, members discussed council training which could be done online with videos to improve in various areas of the council. This idea will be continued.

Some important dates are:

  • Safety Council meeting, January 18th
  • Logan County Chamber’s 1st Thursday, February 1st, West Liberty Opera House
  • Champaign County Chamber 1st Friday, February 2nd

The next West Liberty City Council meeting will be held on Monday, January 22nd at 7 PM.