The Riverside Village Board welcomed two new trustees on May 4, with Elizabeth Peters and Wendell Jisa being sworn in alongside incumbent Trustee Doug Pollock and President Ben Sells, who also won a second term during the uncontested village election on April 4.
Sells presented departing trustees Patricia Collins and Ellen Hamilton, who did not seek second terms on the board, with proclamations honoring their four years of service on the village board as well as the traditional gift given to outgoing trustees, a facsimile print of Frederick Law Olmsted’s General Plan of Riverside.
Sells called Hamilton and Collins the board’s “heart and soul,” stepping up when trustees confronted difficult matters.
“They haven’t always been easy times, there have been times of controversy and difficulty, and what I’ll remember most from their service is that is when they shone,” Sells said. “The harder the situation was, the more controversial it became, the more Pat and Ellen stepped forwards as the heart and soul of this board.”
Fire Chief Matthew Buckley and Police Chief Thomas Weitzel also presented plaques to Hamilton and Collins in recognition of their support of the village’s public safety efforts.
Both Collins and Hamilton thanked their colleagues for an atmosphere of civility and collaboration, even during times of disagreement on policy.
“You would never know who’s a Democrat or who’s a Republican here,” Collins said. “It’s about a team working together to try to do what’s best for the town.”
— Bob Uphues