Logan County Safety Complex
January 20, 2014
Present: David Hepler-Chairman; Bob Farmer; Chuck Ruben; Gene
Absent: Rick Aylesworth; Bill Martin
Guests: Jonathan Wright; Jan Schumacher
Mr. Hepler called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.
A motion was made by Mr. Rohlfs, seconded by Mr. Farmer,
to approve the minutes from the November 18, 2013 meeting as
printed. Motion passed.
1) EDP Activity: A
firm from New Mexico has been retained to act as consultant for the
efforts to eliminate duplication of efforts. Mr. Hepler reported he
had spoken with Stan Komperda and the options are being converted to
leases next month for the wind farms. He also indicated an agreement
has been approved for the transmission lines by IDOT and IDNR. Mr.
Martin passed along information regarding a recent organizational
meeting for CEDS.
1) Enterprise zone
extension: Mr. Hepler received a call from Mr. McClure and the
enterprise zone extension request has been reduced by one-third. He
plans to attend the Regional Planning meeting, so this will be
reviewed by Planning & Zoning at their committee meeting.
2) Policy and
procedure revisions: Mr. Wright had some comments regarding the
revised Board policy document he was previously sent for review.
There are a number of paragraphs (#3, 4 and 6) that address
conflicts of interest and benefits received from public funds. This
is already addressed in the County ethics ordinance, so they may not
be necessary. It may be sufficient to reference the ethics ordinance
in place of those paragraphs. He suggested the paragraph regarding
the protection of privileged information be worded more strongly to
actually prohibit the disclosure of private or confidential
information in order to protect both the County and board members.
He also suggested that the committee consider altering the language
in paragraph seven of the preamble since it would be difficult to
require individuals to "forget" any conversation when considering a
matter. He suggested a prohibition against an elected County Board
member using their title or position in any manner not related to
their duties as a County Board member. This would be a protection
for the County and the County Board.
Item I. E. discusses matters should be
addressed at a committee level; however it could be difficult to
determine what would constitute "extenuating circumstances". Mr.
Ruben explained how this comes into play and the committee
determined they were satisfied with this portion, as written.
Item I. H. mentions actions can be
reconsidered at any time during the meeting or at the next meeting
held thereafter. If this is consistent with Robertís Rules of Order,
listing it in policies may not be necessary. Mr. Ruben indicated he
believed this was included for clarity.