Friday, Feb. 24

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[FEB. 24, 2006]  The county highway department has reached full staff once again. At Tuesday evening's adjourned meeting, county engineer Bret Aukamp introduced Kris Quandt as the new assistant county engineer.

Quandt began work at the office on Feb. 8. He takes the place of Aukamp, who was appointed by the board to replace Tom Hickman. Hickman left last August.

Quandt has been a resident of central Illinois for 30 years. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1993 and has worked in engineering in both the private and public sectors. He has worked for the Capital Development Board and most recently as a private consultant. He said that he has found that he prefers the public sector. "I enjoy working with people and seeing the benefits for people in the area," he said.

He said, "I hope to be with Logan County until I am ready to retire."

Kris Quandt

Quandt is there just in time for a busy time of the year in the office. Aukamp said last week that they have been busy with seasonal road weight limits. They are also involved in assisting Orville Township with writing grants and making roadway plans for the Illini Bio-Energy plant development near Hartsburg.

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An animal adopt-a-thon will take place this Saturday at the Logan County Animal Control facility, 1515 N. Kickapoo St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers will be on hand to help wannabe pet-owners get acquainted with the cats and dogs that are now available. Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy the animals during the adopt-a-thon.

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The county board approved the appointment of Annette Chapman from Atlanta to the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau board.

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The county passed an ordinance prohibiting the use of groundwater as a potable water supply for 2,500-foot radius around the property on the northeast corner of Lincoln Parkway and Fifth Street. In general this means that water drawn from a well in the area should not be used for bathing, growing or washing produce or in any way consumed. It may be used for things such as car washing.

All members voted in approval except Dick Logan, who cast a present vote.

Previous discussions indicated that the ground contamination has migrated from just south of the Logan County Fairgrounds to the west toward the chautauqua grounds, nearly reaching the turn from Fifth Street to the Elks Club. The levels of potentially harmful contaminants are believed to be dissipating. It stems from the presence of an old gas station that was at the site.

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Glass collection resumes on April 8 and will continue through October on every second Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

April 22 there will be a white goods collection from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Logan County Fairgrounds. This will include computers and technological equipment as well as the traditional refrigerators and general appliances. Logan County Joint Solid Waste Agency and the Lincoln streets and alleys department are sponsoring the event.

Details of what will be accepted and if there will be any associated fee will be posted at a later date. The fees are kept nominal and constitute much lower expense than taking something to a dump or getting a special pickup, waste management coordinator Mitzi Rohlfs said.

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A bid of $1,300 per month has been awarded to Dan Hardin to mow county property.

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A proposal by highway committee chairman Terry Werth to allocate $1,061,716.55 for purchase of bituminous, aggregate and road materials for county roads for the year was approved.

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There was discussion of when to schedule repair of the county courthouse elevator. It will take a couple days to fix. Soon disabled voters will be coming in to cast their votes for the election. John Stewart will coordinate the days.

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At the Logan County Airport -- Airport chairman Bill Sahs said that gate cards with a nonrefundable $10 fee have gone out to all hangar renters. The new electronic gate, part of homeland security measures in general aviation, is now in use.

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The board approved the purchase of an 11-foot Tri-Deck mower from Central Illinois Ag at $4,100. Voyles abstained from the vote, saying a relative worked for the company.

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For the 2004-2005 fiscal year, Crowe, Chizek and Co. has once again been awarded the county audit.

Board member John Stewart questioned if the company would do better at getting the work completed at an earlier date, as it affects when the Logan County Health Department is able to get grant money in.

Finance chairman Chuck Ruben said that the company had nothing to do with the lateness of last year's audit. That was caused by the implementation of the governmental accounting requirements known as GASBY 34. It was on the county's end that the new list of assets was not ready for the accounting firm.

"They waited on us," Ruben said.

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Bob Farmer, board chairman, thanked everyone for cards he received at the passing of his mother.

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The normal Tuesday meeting date next month is a primary election day. The meeting will be moved to March 23.

[Jan Youngquist]

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