After an Executive Session, Village President Erin Smith appointed former Village President Julie Richardson and Blake Hobson, former Nunda Township Trustee and McHenry County Board member, appointed Ways and Means Vice Chairman of the McHenry County Republican and a member of GOP Chairman Mike Tryon’s Chairman’s Circle.
Richardson, who did not run for re-election and supported Smith’s candidacy to replace her as village president last year, is in sync with Smith’s vision of developing the area around the intersection of Route 47 and Route 176 as a SportsPlex.
Hobson also has economic development experience as a member of the Upper Illinois River Valley Development Authority, an appointment made by the McHenry County Board, and as a board member of the McHenry County Economic Development Corporation.
The UIRVD Authority provided $55 million in financing for the Huntley Centegra Healthbridge. Ambulatory Care Center and medical offices. Before moving to the Woods of Turnberry, Hobson served as Nunda Township Republican Central Committee Chairman.
He runs the family business, Image Industries in Huntley.
Hobson has also emceed the Crystal Lake Kiwanis Little Miss Peanut pageant and raised the second highest amount (($1,310) in the club-sponsored St. Baldrick’s Day children’s cancer research fund raiser.
Eleven people applied for the two vacancies that resulted when Trustees Dorothy and John Pfeufer sold their home and resigned as of May 1st:
- Rick Clark of Country Club Additions
- Carlie Dubbeck of Turnberry
- Chris Fox of the Hills of Turnberry
- Bill Horvath of Georgetown
- Alan Kanabay of Turnberry
- Don Miller of Loch Glen
- Gary Sexton of Red Tail
- Steven Stavropoulos of Loch Glen
- Bill Wayne of Turnberry
Smith decided the two replacements should come from the West side of town, as did the two they replaced.
“Geography came into play,” she said.
She said that she was looking for “municipal governmental experience.”
The vote on the appointments was 4-1 with Pfeuffer ally Ken SAntowsk being the dissenting vote.
Next spring four of the seven trustee spots will be up. There will be three 4-year terms and one 1-two year term at stake. Candidates will have to specify which they are seeking on their petitions.