A former member of the Tazewell County Board likely will return when the board meets Wednesday night to deal with a packed action agenda.
Wolfe is back
The board is expected to approve the appointment of Joseph Wolfe to replace Darrell “Dude” Meisinger as a District 1 representative. Meisinger, 79, announced his retirement in June.
Wolfe, 46, of rural Pekin, was unanimously nominated for the seat by the county’s Democratic Party precinct committeemen, who met to choose a replacement from Meisinger’s party.
He was appointed in 2014 to fill the board seat left vacant by the death of his father-in-law, Terry VonBoeckman, and later that year was elected to complete the remaining two years of VonBoeckman’s term. Wolfe ran for his own four-year term last November but placed fifth for four seats behind Meisinger.
Wolfe’s appointment will expire with the November 2018 general election, when the seat will be open for a two-year term. The board’s District 1 covers Pekin, Cincinnati, Delavan, Malone, Sand Prairie and Spring Lake townships.
County Coroner Jeff Baldi has announced he will resign on March 30, 2018, to pursue retirement. The board’s acceptance of his resignation letter Wednesday will begin the 60-day process of replacing him on a uniquely temporary basis.
Baldi’s replacement will serve from the time Baldi resigns until December 2018, when the winner of the county’s next general election for the position is seated. At Baldi’s request, whomever the board appoints to serve as coroner until then must agree not to run in the election to fill the remaining two years of Baldi’s term.
County Board Chairman David Zimmerman said last week that Baldi doesn’t want to give his replacement the advantage of running as an incumbent.
“He just thought it would be unfair, or it would be more fair, if everybody who potentially wanted to be coroner had an equal opportunity,” Zimmerman said.
The immediate replacement for Baldi, elected to his second term last November as a Republican, must come from that party.
The board will consider requests from two companies for business development loans from the county’s Revolving Loan Fund.
Midwest Plastic Moldings in Morton is seeking a $120,000 loan over five years to purchase new injection molding machines. The company, which was acquired in 2013 by a British-based manufacturer of agricultural and industrial equipment, said it expects to create six new full-time jobs and retain two more with the loan.
A $60,000 loan over 10 years also is sought by IVP Plastics in Washington. It also seeks to purchase an injection molding press that the company said would enable it to create four new jobs.
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