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[JULY 22, 2004]  An ambulance repair was approved. A diesel engine will be rebuilt by Crossroads Ford, Springfield. The ambulance had an oil change on the morning of June 23. It was used that evening on a call to Chestnut and from there went to Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Before arriving at Memorial it could only be driven at 25 mph. From there it was towed to Crossroads. It was discovered that there was no oil left in the engine. The oil plug had come loose or been left out.

A rebuilt engine will be installed costing $11,948.38.

The business where the oil was changed had no liability insurance. The matter will be turned over to the state's attorney for litigation.

Finance chairman Chuck Ruben announced, "We are going to start the budgeting process next month." He chuckled, "Got the auditing done; we've got to start something." He said they will hold some budget hearings, and then he tentatively plans to start the putting budget together Aug. 30-31.

Sheriff's department

Eight new sheriff's cars are on the road and are being appreciated.

The local sheriff's department received word this week that they have received a grant through the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority. The money will be used to cover the costs of a machine and computer system for live-scan fingerprinting. It costs $52,000. The county share will be $12,000. The cost includes a two-year maintenance contract.

The sheriff's department was also recipient of another grant for $16,333; the county kicks in $5,000 for the $21,000 needed to purchase video cameras for the cars.

FOP negotiations on new contracts are still taking place.

Economic development

The new ethanol production company is considering two sites to build their plant in Logan County.

 

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The Lincoln and Logan County Development Partnership is working on several things and may have announcements soon. There's a lot of good things happening in Logan County and could happen in Logan County, board chairman Dale Voyles said.

Roads and bridges

An expenditure of $34,236.50 was approved to go to Halverson Construction Co. The county will pay half that and the Mount Pulaski Township Road District will pay the other half. Halverson was lowest bidder on pile repair on a Mount Pulaski bridge at Hunter's Slough. The timber piles are rotting out there.

The bridge at 2300 Street in Prairie Creek Township is completed and open to traffic again.

Middletown seal coat was completed last week.

The county engineer, Tom Hickman, said that he is looking into applying temporary patch on Elkhart Hill road this summer. The county highway department plans to overlay "The Hill" section next year.

Paul Gleason reported that an engineering firm will be coming out to look at the road-driveway off Fifth Street to Community Action. It is sorely in need of repairs.

The bad side of corn

A solution is being sought to a frequent problem that is countywide. Cornstalks are clogging drainage ditches and piling up around bridges. It falls to the county to clean up the debris after heavy rains.

[Jan Youngquist]

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