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County: Paulus remembered; new phone system;  raises; dog & cat sale; and electric substation approved

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[September 25, 2013]  The Logan County Board met for the scheduled adjourned board meeting on Sept. 17. The meeting was relatively brief, with several resolutions voted on by the board members.

The meeting began with a moment of silence observed for those who died in the recent shootings in Washington, D.C., as well for Wilbur Paulus, who was a member of the zoning board of appeals for more than 40 years.

A new phone system

The first vote of the evening was on purchasing a new telephone system from Frontier Communications. The board's Building and Grounds Committee has spent the last three years working on gaining access to a new system, as the current phones need constant repair and attention.

The new system would cost $48,297, after a few additions that were put into the plan after the board of whole meeting. The system would connect all of the telephones, with the option to connect cellular phones, in the courthouse, the highway department, the airport and the John Logan Building.

The purchase of the system was unanimously approved.


Two appointments were approved at the meeting. Doug Butler was appointed to the Lincoln & Logan County Development Partnership. Jeff Mammen was appointed to the New Holland Fire Protection District.

Airport and farm

County board members voted to approve their portion of payments for a series of improvements made at the county airport. The improvements included new runway and taxi lighting systems, a bigger windsock and light, and some other upgrades. The county's part would be $25,633, and it will be paid to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Animal control

Kevin Bateman, animal control chairman, said that due to overcrowding and an attempt to maintain a minimal amount of animal euthanizing, there will be a discount on pet adoption fees through Nov. 30.

Cats will cost $35 and dogs will cost $50. This is roughly half the cost before the discount.

The vote was approved, with Pat O'Neill abstaining.

Bateman said this discount will come at a loss to animal control, which is why it will last only through the end of November.

"I would like to see these animals get a good home, and that's why we (the animal control committee) voted for it," said Bateman.

Board chairman Robert Farmer commended Bateman for his efforts in this matter.


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The first vote for finance matters was the insertion of a 3 percent raise in the fiscal 2013-2014 budget for the salary line items for nonunion personnel.

The motion was approved by the board. Chuck Ruben said the amount can still be amended during discussions of the budget itself. This vote was just to increase the line item in question.

The second vote was to increase the amount for Regional Office of Education 38 under Superintendent Jean Anderson. The amount would be increased to $61,600.

David Hepler said he supported the amendment, though he would consider adjusting the amount again before the budget is passed. The motion was approved, with Bateman and Carlton voting no.

Executive and economic development

Hepler said that because of timing, his committee had no vote to bring up for this month's adjourned board meeting. Hepler said that next month, the committee would bring forward their recommendations concerning the transportation project compliance and oversight management position and the county coordinator. Hepler added that these motions were not unanimous decisions.

The motions in question that will be brought forward in October from the committee are:

  • To hire Pamela Meagher for overseeing the transportation grant at a salary of $32,000, with a stipulation that comp time accumulated must be used and not paid. In addition, a part-time position would be created at no more than 20 hours a week to work in the same office. This motion underwent several amendments during discussion.

  • To add the duties of county coordinator to the job description of zoning officer Will D'Andrea, with an increase in his salary, bringing it to $65,000. His duties would include several of the tasks that Meagher has taken on as secretary since she was hired, and D'Andrea's office would be moved to the courthouse.

In addition, Hepler said the committee would bring forward some information from Brian Bergen concerning the CEDS region.

Planning and zoning

The county board voted to approve the conditional use permit for a new Ameren substation to be built just south of Lincoln.

As the meeting ended, the board changed the date for the adjourned board meeting next month to Oct. 16. In addition, there will be a truth-in-taxation hearing just before the meeting.

Board members present for the meeting were vice chairman David Hepler, chairman Robert Farmer; Bill Martin, Andy Anderson, Andy Meister, Kevin Bateman, Pat O'Neill, Gene Rohlfs, Chuck Ruben, Jan Schumacher and Terry Carlton.


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