Former Tampico Police Officer Lonnie Smith shown after his hiring in February of 2021.

Tampico Approves Appropriation Ordinance And Accepts Officer’s Resignation

Budget is approved and a police officer resigns.
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The Tampico Village Board met on Tuesday, April 19 at the Reagan Community Center.

The board unanimously approved the appropriations ordinance (budget) for the next fiscal year without any additional changes. The budget goes into affect on May 1, 2022 and ends April 30, 2023.

In other action the board approved the resignation of part-time police officer Lonnie Smith. Smith was hired in February of 2021 and was placed on unpaid leave the following September after an appeal to the Illinois Law Enforcement Standards and Training Board to allow him to work as a law enforcement officer was denied due to his pending charges of misdemeanor battery. Smith was convicted on those charges on March 24th.

Tampico Police Chief Mike Lewis read Smith’s letter of resignation. In it, Smith said he has appealed his conviction saying, “In the future if the appellate court sees fit to overturn the guilty verdict against me, I would like to recall my resignation and returned to work. It is been my honor to to serve the village.”

Board Action
The board approved the following liquor license renewals:
Casey’s General Store, Class E
Kickback Saloon, Class A and Mechanical Amusement License
Break Room Pub-n-Grub, Class A

Approved a donation of $150 to the Tampico Memorial Cemetery.

Public Works Department

Superintendent-Tyler Chriest
A tree service has been hired to take down a tree and remove the stump at? Washington Street for $1,500. Another problem tree will be taken down at a cost of $200.

Informational Items
Village clerk Kathy Leathers reported that Mediacom is offering an affordable conductivity program which offers a discount for those who qualify. The program is based on income and participation in other social programs. Mediacom Program Link

The next Village Board meeting is scheduled for May 3rd at 7:00PM.

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