Seven Hickory
Township
Your Elected Officials -
Supervisor: Dean Nelson is serving his second term and resides on
his farm south of Fairgrange. The Township Supervisor serves as
Chief Executive Officer of the township. The Supervisor's duties
and responsibilities include serving as Chairman of the Township
Board of Trustees, Supervisor of the General Assistance program,
and Treasurer of all Town funds including General Assistance and
Road and Bridge funds. He also works with the Township Attorney
on any matters pertaining to township business.
Town Clerk: Veronica Ready now serves as our town clerk after serving
two terms as
trustee. The township clerk is clerk of the town board of
trustees, is keeper of all records of the town, except those for active
general assistance cases. The clerk is required to keep accurate records
of all meetings of the town board. The clerk is also responsible for taking
the roll call on all votes. The clerk is the local election authority and is
responsible for accepting petitions concerning local elections and/or
referendums. The town clerk is responsible for publishing or posting
certain specific notices including notices for the highway commissioner.
The office of town clerk is an extremely important one and has proven so
in numerous court decisions. It is the clerk’s records that are the official
records of the township and their sanctity must be preserved making her
a very integral part of our township board.
Road Commissioner: John Austin is a long time township resident
returning to the position in 2013 having previously served and
also serves as Firefighter / Trustee for the Seven Hickory Morgan
Volunteer Fire Department for many years. Duties of the road
commisoner are to oversee and maintain roads and bridges
conduct snow ice and debris removal and maintain township
facilities and equipment and also prepare and oversee the Road
District budget.
Trustee:  Michelle Hudson is a 20 year resident of Seven Hickory and is
serving her first term as trustee. Her regular job as a clerk in the Coles
County Acessors office has helped the township stay informed in funding
matters and projections. Responsibilities as a trustee include reviewing
monthly expenses, including road repair bills, maintenance expenses,
employee pay, purchase of materials, evaluating equipment, signing the
appropriate bills for payment, and working with the road commissioner to
determine what current projects are being addressed and future projects
and their timeline. Veronica also works with the rest of the township board
to make the best use of the money available to do the most for our
community.
Trustee: Todd Easton operates a grain farming operation in the south
west corner of the township. He was first appointed as trustee to fill an
unexpired term in 2102 and later elected to the position as trustee he
reviews monthly expenses, including road repair bills, maintenance
expenses, employee pay, purchase of materials, evaluating equipment,
signing the appropriate bills for payment, and working with the road
commissioner to determine what current projects are being addressed
and future projects and their timeline. Trustees also works with the rest
of the township board to make the best use of the money available to do
the most for the our community. Todd also serves as a Firefighter for the
Seven Hickory Morgan Volunteer Fire Department.
Trustee: Mike Austin operates a grain farm and trucking operation
outside of Fairgrange and was elected as Trustee in 2013, as a trustee
he reviews monthly expenses, including road repair bills, maintenance
expenses, employee pay, purchase of materials, evaluating equipment,
signing the appropriate bills for payment, and working with the
commissioner to determine what current projects are being addressed
and future projects and their timeline. Trustees also work with the rest of
the township board to make the best use of the money available to do the
most for the our community. In addition Mike Serves as
Assistant Fire
Chief for the Seven Hickory Morgan Volunteer Fire Department.
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Trustee: Bill Strode was appionted to Trustee in 2016 finishing a vacated
unexpired term as a trustee he reviews monthly expenses, including road
repair bills, maintenance expenses, employee pay, purchase of materials,
evaluating equipment, signing the appropriate bills for payment, and
working with the commissioner to determine what current projects are
being addressed and future projects and their timeline. Trustees also
work with the rest of the township board to make the best use of the
money available to do the most for the our community. In addition Bill
Serves as Fire Chief for the Seven Hickory Morgan Volunteer Fire
Department.