Wednesday, December 10, 2008
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Bids for prep work on Elkhart-Mount Pulaski blacktop approved

Movement toward future development, flu vaccines available, union contracts and other county actions

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[December 10, 2008]  Logan County received five bids on a nearly half-million-dollar highway project. Board member George Mitchell was impressed that the top three bids, at $412,459.55, $413,536 and $416,700, were so close that they took close scrutiny to decide. The Logan County Board approved the lowest bidder, Entler Excavating Co. of Decatur. The company will supply work and materials for a culvert extension and replacement that is part of the preparations for the overlay project planned for Logan County Highway 10, better known as the Elkhart to Mount Pulaski blacktop.

HardwareCEDS moving forward

Bill Martin told the county board that Logan County's request to join the Peoria Regional CEDS passed their full Economic Development Council. He said that after all five county boards -- Logan, Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford and Mason counties -- pass a resolution, we would be in their economic development district. Next, Logan County would write a CEDS, and that would be attached to their document and sent to Chicago for federal approval.

Finance chairman Chuck Ruben thanked Bill Martin for his leadership in the CEDS. "He's done a wonderful job on that," Ruben said and thanked development director Joel Smiley for his work on that as well.

A foot in the door on future developments

Smiley, executive director of the Lincoln & Logan County Development Partnership, told the board that he had been to a trade show in Chicago and picked up five leads for wind farm-related businesses last month. He has been keeping follow-up going with these contacts that are looking for sites and expects to schedule representative visits to the area soon.

Ruben commended Smiley for being the only economic development director present at the gathering in Chicago. "It gave him an open field," Ruben said. "That doesn't happen very often."

Public transportation development moves to third of five phases

Board member Pat O'Neill reported that the future of public transportation is progressing. The Transit Partnership Group has completed the first two of five phases that would access Illinois Department of Transportation funds for public transportation use. Logan, Mason and Menard counties are working together to create a coordinated public transportation system.

A recent poll of 1,400 people showed that 72 percent said they would use public transportation if it were available. Most common needs identified were for shopping, medical appointments and visiting.

The next step is to plan for a coordinated transportation service. The public is invited to the next meeting, scheduled for Jan. 9 at 10 a.m. at the Mason City American Legion.

Help with heating

O'Neill said that Community Action is now helping over 500 individuals get help with their heating bills through Illinois' Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The program is directed at seniors and disabled and pays utility companies directly.

No public dental clinic, yet

Hopes for grant funding that would establish a dental clinic in the Logan County Department of Public Health facility were quashed last month. Health department administrator Mark Hilliard said they were informed that they would not be receiving the needed grants through the Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation, but he was encouraged by the agency to apply for the next round of grants that would be coming out in February.

Union contracts

Hilliard said that union negotiations for the health department were started.

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Flu vaccines available and encouraged

As of Nov. 13 the health department had administered 2,200 flu vaccines since the beginning of October. One case of flu had been lab-confirmed. Hilliard said it was hoped that as the weather gets worse and the season progresses, more people would get in and get vaccinated.

Flu shots are recommended for people age 6 months to 18 years, pregnant women, people 50 years of age and older, anyone with certain chronic medical conditions, and people who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from the flu.

Flu shots are $30 and pneumonia shots are available for $45 at the health department. Hilliard encouraged anyone who has not been vaccinated to come in.

Hilliard said that they did something new this year. They asked clinics and hospitals to compile who was given the vaccines by sex and age range. This is so we'll have an idea how good a job we're doing protecting the citizens of Logan County from the flu, he said.

Pay to use some polling places to stop

A resolution was read saying that the county board will no longer pay to have polling hosted in a public building: "On request by the Logan County Board an agency of government shall make a public building under its control available for use as a polling place on election day and for a reasonable period of time before or after election day without charge."

County law enforcement union contracts

Board member Rick Aylesworth announced that county Fraternal Order of Police three-year contract negotiations were completed, with correctional officers receiving 3.5 percent pay raises, and staff, maintenance and cooks receiving 3 percent raises.

Building improvement

The smoke alarm system at the Logan County Public Safety Complex will be upgraded. Bid was awarded to Simplex in the amount of $16,561. That cost will be offset by a $7,600 grant secured from Public Risk by county board administrative secretary JoAnne Marlin.



  • Paul Kasa, M.D.; Logan County Board of Health, three-year term

  • Mike Rohrer, R.Ph.; Logan County Board of Health, three-year term

  • Todd Walker, D.M.D.; Logan County Board of Health, three-year term


Hours at the Logan County Department of Public Health are Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., with walk-ins welcome. The facility is located at 109 Third St. in Lincoln. Phone 217-735-2317. For further information from the health department on preventing the flu, see

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