SYCAMORE - Sycamore village council met Tuesday night, hearing opinions in favor and against the village's direction in hiring of two part-time officers earlier this year. Some complaints have arisen from residents on how traffic stops are handled. Others seem satisfied that the police are taking care of traffic concerns that prompted the council and police chief Richard Blankenship to hire the officers.
At a previous meeting some council members had described some unfounded concerns from residents against the department which, when investigated, showed there was no issues with their conduct. Other members have said they will be looking very closely at the officers' conduct and professionalism and assess if they should take action while the officers are still on their probationary period. Council urged citizens to come forward and file formal complaints which then can be investigated.
Village administrator Charles Clark reported to council that some speed signs are difficult to spot in the village and requested additional signs be placed in the park area.
Council voted to allow Police Officer William Pelish to become part-time as he has successfully completed his probation period.
A parks committee meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, and council is to meet at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14.