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      Quincy City Council approves changes on 8th Street

      Changes are coming to 8th Street in Quincy.

      At Monday's City Council meeting, two measures were approved that will remove stoplights on 8th Street at the Vermont and Jersey intersections.

      According to the council, traffic and pedestrian counts at those intersections did not warrant a stoplight.

      Instead, stop signs will be placed on Vermont and Jersey streets, and traffic on those streets will stop for cross-traffic on 8th Street.

      In other council business, Mayor Kyle Moore says the new members of the Police and Fire Commission have begun their terms.

      Stephen Meckes, Kerry Anders, and Barry Cheyne met as a commission for the first time on Wednesday.

      Meckes has a background in human resources, Anders was a long-time educator and coach with Quincy Public Schools, and Cheyne has a background in law enforcement with the Department of Defense.

      According to Moore, the background of all 3 members played into his recommendation of their appointments.

      "I wanted some H.R. experience because they are the H.R. wing of the police and fire departments. I wanted somebody with good ties to the community, and also somebody with some type of public safety background...so those 3 individuals met that criteria, and they are appointed on a partisan basis - we have 2 Democrats and 1 Republican," Moore said.

      The previous 3 board members all stepped down in January.

      As a result, Meckes, Anders, and Cheyne will each serve terms of different lengths.

      The Board of Fire and Police Commissioners is responsible for hiring and promoting members of the Quincy Fire and Police Departments.