PRINCETON — Gibson County Solid Waste Management District Director Mike Stilwell gave notice of his July 1 retirement last month, but Monday asked the district's board of trustees to allow him to rescind the notice and continue working as the district's director.

Stilwell said he wanted to cancel his resignation and he would be willing to continue working as the director for at least six months, if not longer.

Board members voted 5-0 to cancel the resignation (board members Brad Schmitt and Jim Maglis were absent), and solid waste board president Steve Bottoms said he believed someone should contact applicants for the position to let them know of the new development.

"It's only common courtesy," agreed board member Mary Key. "We do appreciate their interest."

"I thank you for your confidence," Stilwell told the board.

Board members planned a 8 a.m. July 15 meeting for preliminary work on the 2020 budget, discussing including a line item for property acquisition if talks to acquire Superior Ag property just south of the Gibson County Recycle Center come to fruition. The neighboring property would give the district room for growth and possible construction of a building to handle plastics and cardboard recycling.

In other business during Monday's monthly meeting:

• Stillwell told board members the district is in dire need of part-time drivers (CDL certified).

• Controller Patricia Doyle reported the district received $800,000 from its spring property tax and excise tax settlements and transferred $640,000 of those funds into savings, leaving the remainder for general operations. WIth the $640,000 added to savings, the district has slightly more than $2 million in the bank, Stilwell reported.

• Board members approved spending $3,103 to upgrade two computer towers and a copier/printer, and to spend about $8,000 for two new 40-yard open-top containers.

• Trustees approved renewal of the district's property and liability insurance premium for $12,652.

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