Casting his first full board votes was new District 6 representative
Kevin Bateman. Other members included in the vote counts were Terry
Carlton, Bob Farmer, David Hepler, Gloria Luster, Bill Martin, Pat
O'Neill, Chuck Ruben, Jan Schumacher, John Stewart and Terry Werth.
Rick Aylesworth was the only absence. All matters brought a vote
Legislative and economic matters
The board voted to support opposition to the state-planned
layoffs at Lincoln Correctional Center, Logan Correctional Center
and the maintenance staff at the former Lincoln Developmental
Carlton and Schumacher, in the role of General Assembly liaisons,
met with Sen. Larry Bomke and Rep. Rich Brauer concerning the
proposed cuts at the correctional centers. Their discussion included
other support services that are related to the court system and are
being lost here as well, Carlton said. As an example the county has
lost funds that support personnel for the alcohol and substance
abuse counseling program. These various losses will and are having
an impact on Logan County. "People are no longer being served here,"
The result of that meeting was that, adding other key community
leaders -- Lincoln Mayor Keith Snyder, chamber director Andi Hake
and development partnership director Joel Smiley -- a request would
be made to Gov. Quinn for everyone to sit down to discuss the impact
of these losses.
Other matters brought to a vote
A two-year alternate energy contract with Ameren that would
supply electricity to all the county properties and, based on last
year's rates, would amount to over $40,000 savings in the two-year
period received unanimous approval.
Funds in the amount of $30,000 for the purchase of new kennels
for animal control would be taken out of the buildings and grounds
fund. Gloria Luster said that it's been 30 years since the current
cages were installed. The old cages were fiberglass. The
replacements would be stainless steel. "It's definitely an
improvement," she said. The vote was nine in favor, Ruben opposed,
and O'Neill abstained.
Full approval was given to raise the supervisor of assessments'
salary with a standard increase of $1,200, bringing the salary to
$40,700 for Rosanne Brosamer.
A community celebration of the blessings of liberty is planned
for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Latham Park. The Liberty
Party was granted permission to host the family gathering. The
public would be invited for a cookout, entertainment and to hear
The Logan County Board was presented with the Logan County
Preservation Award for 2009. Geoff Ladd, director of the Abraham
Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County and Route 66 Association,
made the presentation to the board for their helping to keep Route
66 history alive by supporting restoration at The Mill.
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Planning and zoning chairman David Hepler announced that he has been
doing some research on his own time just to keep the idea of a
public golf course alive. During the planning and zoning committee
meeting this week, he elaborated a bit more, suggesting that it
might be located at the airport or in another area, and that he had
set a few specs for comparative purposes. He is using an area of 12
acres, which would include buildings and possibly provide a par-3
course. It would be developed with synthetic grounds that are
The planning and zoning committee is also considering either to
expand on the wind farm ordinance or create a new regulation in
support of smaller private wind turbines.
Will D'Andrea, Logan County zoning officer, said he'd already had
one request for a building permit for a private wind tower and found
no wording in the original wind ordinance to address a private
tower. He added that there's a new distributor in Mount Pulaski. "I
think we're going to see more of them," he said.
Rick Aylesworth said that he'd had a call on Wednesday saying
that the caller was going to be putting up a tower. "I think we need
to come with something," he said.
Under the wind farm ordinance the current fee structure for a
building permit is $20 per foot on the height of the turbine. At
around $2,000, this would be too expensive for an individual. "I
think we need to come up with a more moderate fee structure for
private use," Hepler said.
D'Andrea suggested that there might be two types of permits with
different fee structures: commercial for towers that produce 1.5
megawatt or greater, and noncommercial, which would fit private or
individual business use.
The matter will be brought back for further discussion.
It was distinguished that the county ordinance affects property
only in county territory and does not affect anything that is within
a city's limits. The municipalities may need to be thinking about
getting ready for this with their own ordinances.