Council to honor Sandberg at meeting

By Audrey Wise

Council to honor Sandberg at meeting

July 23, 2013 Updated Jul 23, 2013 at 10:18 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- Tuesday night, the Peoria City Council will meet for the first time since the death of at-large councilman Gary Sandberg.

Sandberg was found dead in his apartment Friday from apparent heart problems.

This is somewhat uncharted territory for the council. This is the first time, at least in recent history, that a council member has passed while in office.

The meeting is expected to be somber as they honor Councilman Sandberg.

The beginning of regular meetings have a time for silent prayer or reflections and Mayor Jim Ardis said Tuesday night there will be special pause.

The mayor said there is not a lot of pressing business and there will be opportunity for the council and community to pay their respects after the regular agenda.

The Mayor said Sandberg's spirit will live on in the council chambers, "All council members are just kind of dealing with in their own way. I think that people, especially in the short term, on some of the issues that councilman Sandberg was passionate about, I think that his words in the past will still have impact on us and the decisions that we're making."

A memorial is already in place at councilman Sandberg's seat and Mayor Ardis said several people may even wear a bowtie in his honor.

Mayor Ardis does have 60 days to fill Sandberg's seat.

He says no one is contemplating that right now and he will get to the appointment process at the appropriate time.

The Mayor also added that funeral services are still pending.