Airport chairman Gene Rohlfs recommended
approving projects in the Illinois Transportation Improvement
Program for 2013. Work to be performed at the airport involves tree
trimming and new runway lighting. The projects are primarily
federal- and state-funded, requiring a 5 percent match from local
Figures from project manager Hanson Professional Services were
first presented as $645,000 total, with the county responsible for
$33,365 of that cost. Those figures were amended and approved at
$720,000 total, with up to $36,000 local matching.
The board approved annual animal control contracts for 2012-2013.
Renewing this year were the city of Lincoln at $39,518, Mount
Pulaski at $3,364.20, Latham at $782.64 and New Holland at
$1,303.32; and new to contract this year are the city of Atlanta at
$1,303.32 and Hartsburg at $1,303.32.
A compressor that controls the heating and cooling for the Logan
County Safety Complex went out last week. During the board of whole
meeting, emergency funds were approved to replace parts at a cost of
$8,000. Sheriff Steve Nichols reported on Tuesday evening that the
repairs were complete and the air conditioning was working again.
The board approved 10-1 to raise the assessor's salary $1,500,
thereby increasing Rosanne Brosamer's pay to $44,238 per year. Pat
O'Neill was the one objector.
According to 2010 figures, that salary was the lowest in
like-sized counties in the state, falling $2,000 lower than the next
closest figure. A couple of board members commented that even with
the raise, it could still be the lowest pay in the state, as the
figures used were from 2010.
The board agreed to increase the court document storage fund to
Likewise, by unanimous agreement the board agreed to increase the
court automation fund fee to $15.
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Other voted matters
The board unanimously agreed to participate in a mutual aid
agreement with the Illinois Coroners and Medical Examiners
A new contract with Logan County Paramedic Association for
ambulance services was also approved unanimously.
The board unanimously agreed to a request from Sally Litterly,
county clerk. Except for election business, the county clerk's
office will be closed on Election Day, Nov. 6.
Workers' compensation coverage for cemetery district employees
By referendum some years ago, the Logan County Cemetery District
became a stand-alone entity supported by property taxes.
Finance chairman Chuck Ruben observed that the cemetery district
was financially assisted by a loan from the county in its first
year, until property taxes would come in to support it. The loan was
eventually forgiven. This was before Ruben's time on the board.
Prior to the referendum, employees were covered under the county.
Since it became a separate entity, employees are not county
employees. While workers' compensation coverage has been paid by the
district, the county continued to provide the paperwork.
Insurance chair Jan Schumacher said that last year seven of 18
claims were from the cemetery district.
It was voted to discontinue inclusion of the cemetery district
employees in Logan County's workers' compensation coverage effective
Dec. 31. The measure passed 10-1 with Andy Anderson opposing.