For Planning and Zoning Officer Roger Spangler, the Sept. 16 Morton Village Board Meeting was his final meeting as an employee of the Village.

After 28 years of service, Spangler will be retiring on Sept. 30. He started his work with the Village on May 7, 1991.

Spangler was honored by the Village to start off the meeting.

Former Village Trustee Stephen Newhouse talked about his time working with Spangler on the board, including his help with the deals regarding Wal-Mart and Holiday Inn.

"There's one other character that makes Roger unique I think, and that is his diplomatic ability as an enforcement officer," Newhouse said.

Village Mayor Jeff Kaufman awarded him an etched glass paperweight commemorating his years of service.

"I've had good people to work with and for," Spangler said.

In other news, the board:

* Extended their lease with Samuel R. Parrott for the property at 205 W. Adams St. and 131 Plum Ave.

The lease, which started on Dec. 4, 2014, has been extended to Jan. 31, 2023.

Currently, the Village is renting out space in the building to house a Morton Fire Station there.

* Approved the North Morton Avenue Interconnect and Signal Improvements bid for $131,292.37.

As part of the project, the lights will be interconnected so that they are timed together and can be adjusted remotely, not just at the controller.

* Announced that the Fall Yard Waste Disposal Program will go from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Oct. 26-Dec. 8, closing on Nov. 22 and Nov. 23 for Thanksgiving.

The program allows for leaves, grass clippings and tree branches to be disposed of.

* Additionally, the semi-annual hydrant flushing will start on Sept. 30 and will be done between the hours of 7 a.m.-11 p.m. for three weeks.

* Approved the annexation of land to the Morton Park District. The land is next to the eastern boundary of Northwoods Park near Hirstein Cemetery, and will be used as parking.