County briefs: Heads up to
farmers, get that permit before you build
No increases in animal control contracts
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[April 28, 2017]
- At the Logan County Board meeting on Tuesday, April 18, the board
approved motions and resolutions from several committees and heard
brief updates from committee chairs.
Planning and Zoning update
The board unanimously approved Scott Schaffenacker's motion to amend
the Zoning Ordinance to increase costs of zoning permits if applied
for after construction has begun. The permit after construction has
begun would carry a minimum fee of $200 (Logan County Ordinance
Section 14.1) and if not rectified could reach $500 (14.3.)
Formerly, there were no specific fees or penalties set for after
construction has begun applications.
The change might most often felt by farmer businesses. Agricultural
zoned properties require a permit to build, but there is no permit
fee. So, if building is started without a permit, the cost of permit
will go from $0 to a minimum $200.
If you have any questions about construction project requirements
outside of municipality boundaries, contact the Logan County Zoning
Animal Control update
The board unanimously approved Animal Control Chairman Bob Sanders
motion to send out annual animal control contracts to all
municipalities using the same fees as the previous year.
Health Department updates
Board of Health liaison David Hepler asked Logan County Department
of Public Health Administrator Don Cavi to give an update on the
Cavi said the SIU Medical Clinic opened April 3. They are seeing
patients and few days a week and Cavi said, "We are working hard to
get their numbers going" and the numbers will likely go up as the
Cavi said SIU is "working hard to distribute literature to the
county and our staff is helping out." He said a ribbon cutting will
be done in May.
Cavi said, "we got some good news out of Springfield. The Illinois
Public Health Association did meet with the comptroller's office on
behalf of public health departments and the comptroller's office has
agreed to process local health protection grants starting the end of
April and we get about $63,000."
Cavi said the Illinois Public Health Association is also asking for
health departments to send them hardship requests to take to the
comptroller's office. He said, "My hardship request was for $138,000
Cavi also shared good news about working with the county and city
police on training to use Narcan kits to stop overdoses. He said,
"My understanding is there have been five people whose lives have
been saved by the administration of Narcan by police officers." Cavi
thanked the board for approved funding for the training.
Executive and Personnel Committee updates
The board unanimously approved two motions from Executive and
Personnel Committee Chairman Emily Davenport.
The first was a motion to appoint Dave Hepler to be the
representative to the Veteran's Assistance Commission.
The second was a motion to insert Social Media Policy into the
county’s Personnel Policy.
Board chairman Chuck Ruben said this policy is recommended by the
CERMA lawyers, so the board is not responsible for an individual's
statements on social media.
Finance Committee update
The board unanimously approved Finance Committee Chairman David
Hepler's motion to accept the auditor's report from Clifton, Larson,
Allen. At Thursday's workshop, Clifton, Larsen, Allen auditor Adam
Polley shared the audit results with the board.
They also approved a motion to accept participation with uniform
grant guidance from Clifton, Larson, Allen with a fee of $1,000.
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The board unanimously approved Hepler's motion to
approve for a resolution relating to participation by elected
officials in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.
Logan County Treasurer Vicki Dugan still needs to check if this
participation includes board members.
Post-Vietnam Veterans display
The board unanimously approved Hepler's motion to pay for displays
for local post-Vietnam Veterans.
Board member Scott Schaffenacker asked about costs.
Board chairman Chuck Ruben said he was not yet sure of the costs.
The funding will come from the historic sites money, which is capped
out at $5,800.
One board member commented they could get a nice display made with
room for 100 names, which would allow for later additions.
The board unanimously approved Airport and Farm Committee Chairman
Gene Rohlfs motion to accept the bid from Dennis Ramlow of $320 per
acre (base bid) with a 2% increase on the base each year, and a four
Insurance/Legislative/Liquor Committee updates
The board unanimously approved Insurance, Legislative, and Liquor
Committee Chairman Adam Schmidt's motions for appointments.
Community Action Board liaison
Fire and water district appointments are three-year-terms.
Fire Protection Districts
Richard L. McKown - May 1, 2020
Brent Hellman - May 1, 2020
Misty Canada - May 1, 2020
Ron Tobias - May 1, 2020
Jim Shelton - May 1, 2020
Scott Behrends - May 1, 2020
Marvin Robinson - May 1, 2020
William W. Zimmer - May 1, 2020
Kurt Walker - May 1, 2020
Steve Goodman - May 1, 2020
Lynn Haseley - May 1, 2020
Roberta Snyder - May 1, 2020
Steve Hyde - May 1, 2020
Schmidt's motion to approve Liquor Ordinance Amendment was tabled
with an amendment by Emily Davenport. Ruben said some changes still
need to be made and the state's attorney will need to review it.
Road and Bridge update
The board unanimously approved two motions by Road and Bridge
Committee Vice Chairman Dave Blankenship:
- To award contracts for sealcoat work in five townships and on two
county highways to Illinois Road Contractors [and]
- To award a contract for aggregate materials to Rowe Contractors
Board members present: Kevin Bateman, Dave Blankenship, Janet Dahmm,
Emily Davenport, David Hepler, Gene Rohlfs, Chuck Ruben, Bob
Sanders, Scott Schaffenacker, Adam Schmidt and Annette Welch. Bob
Farmer was absent.
The next Regular board meeting will be held Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at