Logan County Briefs: Appointments,
Health Department seeks to fill space with dental and medical
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[December 18, 2015]
- On December 15, 2015, the Logan County Board held their Regular
monthly meeting with all board members present. At the meeting,
there were brief updates from a couple of committees, several
appointments made, and approval of budget amendments and
Ryan Murphy and Becky Werth were appointed to the Logan County
Regional Planning Commission.
Andy Anderson will be appointed to the Greater Peoria Economic
Development Council pending the Peoria Council's approval.
Pat O'Neill was appointed to the Animal Control and Insurance
David Blankenship and Scott Schaffenacker were appointed to the
Economic Development Subcommittee.
Health Department Administrator Don Cavi said that they are still
looking at bringing a dental clinic to the department, getting a
lease agreement, and hoping to bring in either SIU Family Medicine
Board or another group to run it. The groups would provide both
medical and dental clinics, but the department would have to
rearrange some office spaces and possibly get grants for the
Cavi said they would still be closing on Fridays at noon until
probably March due to the state budget issues.
Cavi was happy to report that the department's Home Health Division
got a patient satisfaction award again this year and they have been
in the top twenty percent divisions in Illinois for the past two
On financial matters, the Board also approved an amendment to
correct errors in the Waste Management budget for Fiscal Year 2016,
and another amendment to the State's Attorney budget for Fiscal Year
2015. They also approved a fee to the State's Appellate Prosecutor's
Office, as well as a approved Board Chairman David Hepler to act on
behalf of the Board at the power auction, so a low electric rate can
Four resolutions were approved for the Road and Bridge Committee.
Two resolutions for Motor Fuel Tax Funds and two for maintenance.
County Engineer Bret Aukamp said that the bids and prices for
materials were about ten percent higher this year as the materials
came from a further location.
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In economic development and work force, board member Pat O'Neill
said that 11 new businesses have opened in the area recently and
unemployment is lower than it was two years ago. He said many are
pleased about the new theater opening this week.
In other updates
Board member Andy Anderson said that the transportation advisory committee has
had two meetings and will meet two times a month as they work on.
Guest Joe Schaler of the Marine Corps League said plans for the Veteran's
Assistance Commission (VAC) are coming along. Local veterans are establishing a
scholarship available to those who have family members that received a Purple
Schaler also said that seven of the 12 area veteran's organizations are involved
in starting the VAC. Some people think it is already in place, but they are
still in the planning stages. Those involved are working on bylaws, getting
input on services needed, preparing a website, setting up brochures, and
planning to do speaking engagements in January.
The next Board meeting will be Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.