CRETE | The village’s longtime fire chief is at home recovering from quadruple bypass heart surgery he underwent earlier this month.
Lyle Bachert, the Fire Department’s chief since 1991, underwent surgery on Nov. 12, and spent five days in the hospital, said his wife, Deborah, who serves as village clerk.
Deborah Bachert said her husband did not suffer from a heart attack, although one likely would have occurred had doctors not detected the medical problem.
“I don’t know why he didn’t have a heart attack,” she said.
She told trustees during Monday’s Village Board meeting the surgical procedure seems to have been successful without complications.
“It’s remarkable what (doctors) can do to put him back together again,” Deborah Bachert said, adding that her husband is at home, adjusting to a new diet. She said it will be about one month before the fire chief is able to return to a routine at work.
In other business, Village Trustee Stephen Johnson told the Village Board that HR Green, a firm hired earlier this year to do a study of the village’s drinking water supply, will make a presentation to the Village Board in January.
Johnson said the company likely will do tests of the water quality in the spring.
Village President Michael Einhorn said it was likely the Village Board would be asked to approve a property tax levy next month that calls for a 3.5 percent increase over what was approved last year.
Einhorn said the village will ask for more funds from local property taxpayers to cover expenses in police pensions, its contributions to the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund and to liability insurance. He said those costs are largely dictated by outside influences.
“It’s out of our control what we have to pay,” he said.