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City Council OKs roofing contractor for McIlvaine house

ST. CHARLES – Clifford McIlvaine – the west-side homeowner at odds with the city about his decades-old construction project – should soon decide the color of his new roof.

The St. Charles City Council on Monday unanimously approved Absolute Construction and Roofing to install an asphalt shingle roof at McIlvaine’s property, 605 Prairie St., St. Charles.

At $27,300, the St. Charles company had the lowest of three proposals, said Bob Vann, the city’s building and code enforcement division manager.

Samples were to be given to McIlvaine today so he could select his color, Vann said, adding work should begin within a week. Weather permitting, he said, the project should be finished in five to seven working days.

The city is completing this and other projects at the direction of the Kane County Circuit Court, which last month found 605 Prairie St. in violation of the St. Charles City Code.

Vann said the city also was involved with underground electrical work and an exterior stair and deck system. McIlvaine is to work on other items, such as windows and doors, Vann said.

In other news, Mayor Ray Rogina led a swearing-in ceremony for Todd Bancroft, who was selected to fill in the term of the vacant 3rd Ward seat left by Rogina when he became mayor.

Joined by his wife and sons at the podium, Bancroft said it is an honor to serve the town he loves.

Also Monday, Joe Schelstreet was sworn in as St. Charles fire chief to whistles and applause from the standing-room-only crowd, which included members of the fire department and former fire Chief Patrick Mullen.

“I extend my very sincere thanks and gratitude and appreciate your attendance here tonight,” Schelstreet said, listing the chiefs who came before him. “I am the sixth person with the privilege to be named fire chief.”

In a memo to Rogina, City Administrator Brian Townsend explained his reasons for recommending Schelstreet for the position.

“This decision was made after careful consideration of many factors, including the qualifications and responsibilities of the position and his performance as acting chief for the past six months,” Townsend wrote.

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