One officer sworn in; one retires

Gordon Woods / Journal — Above: Officer Joe Krasny takes his oath from city clerk Cheryl Van Valey. Below: Clinton Police Chief Ben Lowers recognized Sean Freytag as he retires from the department.

Joe Krasny transfers from sheriff’s office, Sean Freytag retires from CPD after 20 years

“(Freytag’s) knowledge, training and 

experience will be greatly missed.”

-Ben Lowers

Clinton Police Chief

CLINTON — City clerk Cheryl Van Valey administered the oath to Clinton’s newest police officer, Joe Krasny.  The Berwyn, Ill. native has a degree in criminology.  He spent two years as a deputy with the DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office.

Clinton Police Chief Ben Lowers recognized officer Sean Freytag, who is retiring after 20 years of service.

Freytag has served as a patrol officer, K-9 officer, patrol sergeant.  He most recently was an inspector with the Illinois State Police Task Force 6, a multijurisdictional law enforcement unit.

Lowers said Freytag had played an integral part in the department over his 20 years.

“His knowledge, training and experience will be greatly missed,” Lowers said.

Former Clinton Police Chief Mike Reidy was at the meeting Monday as Freytag was honored.

The council approved a bid from Evergreen FS for lime removal at the city water plant, at a cost of $11.90 per ton.

“It was supposed to be done a long time ago, but they had some issues in Macon County before they could dispose of it,” said commissioner John Wise.  “They had to resolve that first.”

He said the price Evergreen FS charges has not gone up.

“It’s the same amount they’ve been charging us, and they’ve done a great job,” Wise said.

Wise said the company had been fair and did a good job of cleaning up afterward.

The city will host a public information meeting about next summer’s Center Street reconstruction project, announced commissioner Kenny Buchanan.  The meeting is scheduled for 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 27 at city hall.

The meeting will be open to residents and business owners along Center Street and anyone else who wants to know about the project.

The city plans to erect signs at the pickle ball courts, located in Rotary Park, banning the use of bicycles on the courts, commissioner Dan Ballenger said.  Ballenger said kids riding their bikes on the courts was damaging the surface material.

Items place on file for the next meeting included the sale of 40 used office waiting room chairs and related furniture from the Warner Hospital Family Medicine facility and purchase of a water leak detector for the water department.

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