The Colchester City Council unanimously approved the appointment of Jason Orris as the new first ward alderman.
Orris said his business experience will help advance two big projects facing the city.
He said, ”One of the things that I particularly think, as a residential lender full-time, one of the projects the council was (considering) was improving properties.”
The city will cooperate with the Western Illinois Regional Council to apply for a Community Development Block Grant for home rehabilitation.
The city also faces expensive repairs to its sanitary sewer system and water treatment system to meet Illinois EPA standards. Orris hopes to help the council navigate through the financing options of loans and grants.
Orris will serve the unexpired term of Jeremy Peters who resigned in January. Orris will serve until May 2013 when he would face election. He said Peters encouraged him to accept the appointment.
Mayor Danny Bice appointed Orris to the police, finance and street and alley committees.