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(Left) Yorkville Mayor John Purcell gave updates Tuesday night on the city's search for a new police chief and the opening of a new hotel in Yorkville. (WSPYnews.com photo by Tyler Bachman)

Yorkville may have a new police chief in place by the start of next month.

Yorkville Mayor John Purcell made the announcement at Tuesday's Yorkville City Council meeting.

Yorkville Police Chief Rich Hart is retiring. Hart has served as police chief since 2010 and began as an officer in Yorkville in 1992. Through a transition agreement with the city, he is working with the city until a successor is secured.

City Administrator Bart Olson told WSPY on Tuesday night that the city has had 37 applicants for the police chief position.

In other news, Mayor Purcell said that the Holiday Inn Express, a four-story, 90-room hotel with a 12,000-square-foot banquet facility attached at Kendall Crossing near Route 34 and Route 47, should be opening this fall with the banquet center to follow.

Yorkville Economic Development Consultant Lynn Dubajic first announced the franchise in 2017 and said at the time the hope was to be open by summer of 2018 but the date was pushed back.

Finally, Yorkville aldermen unanimously approved an amendment to the liquor code allowing banquet halls to offer outdoor liquor service.

Petitioners for a liquor application for the banquet hall being constructed in the 100 block of Saravanos Drive requested the banquet hall license class and the business would also like to offer outdoor liquor service. The now amended code applies to any banquet facility in the city.