Board of Health update
Committee Chairman David Hepler said the hope is that construction
will be completed in three months for the federally qualified health
center that Southern Illinois University School of Medicine will
operate within the Logan County Department of Public Health. He said
bids were approved for the construction build-outs and work should
begin this month.
Hepler said the additional IT costs at the site will be several tens
of thousands of dollars and the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital
Foundation has agreed to pick up those costs.
The Board of Health has selected new leadership because the previous
leadership could not continue to serve. Mike Rohrer is the new
chairman, replacing Bill Sahs. Dr. Richard Bivin is the new
vice-chairman. Dr. Todd Walker, a local dentist, is the new
Building and Grounds Committee update
One focus was an update about new park benches that will be placed
in Scully Park.
Building and Grounds Committee Chairman Kevin Bateman said the new
benches have been ordered for Scully Park. The benches will go on
each side of the 30-foot arc around the fountain. The board had
budgeted $10,000 for the benches, but Bateman was able to negotiate
and get the price down to $4,720 for the benches and $450 for
installation. The benches will be bolted down to make them more
secure than the benches that were stolen.
Bateman said since they are spending less on the benches, the
committee will also be able to purchase two eight-foot picnic tables
for $650 each and three metal trash cans with lids. The trash cans
will be installed at each end of the arc and one will be placed on
the courthouse lawn.
Bateman said even with the extra equipment ordered, the committee
has only spent $8,060 of the $10,000 budgeted for the project.
Bateman said everything should be here in 60-90 days, in time for
The board also unanimously approved Bateman's motion for the use of
Scully Park on July 22, 2017 for the ninth annual Family Fun Day
hosted by Open Arms Christian Fellowship.
Finance Committee update
Finance Committee Chairman David Hepler said Logan County Assessor
Denise Martinek last year indicated she would not serve past her
term. He said the board will need to begin the process of finding
suitable candidates so they can proceed with testing at the
Department of Revenue.
Hepler said there is a window of time in which testing needs to be
done, so he plans to talk to the Department of Revenue about the
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The board unanimously approved Hepler's motion for a budget
amendment for the State Attorney's Office to transfer $5,000 from
the secretarial salary to the victim witness salary line item.
The board also unanimously approved Hepler's motion to adopt the county
financial policies that will be patterned off of the county clerk's financial
Insurance, Legislative and Liquor Committee update
The board unanimously approved a motion to accept the memorandum from State's
Attorney Jonathan Wright for the changes to the intergovernmental agreement for
the downtown parking.
Road and Bridge update
The board unanimously approved Road and Bridge Chairman Bob Farmer's motion to
appropriate $5,000 from the county bridge fund to assist Laenna and Lake Fork
Townships to place riprap under a bridge.
County Engineer Bret Aukamp said sixteen-ton load limits take effect this
Friday. Aukamp said the roads are getting very soft due to the weather.
Board Chairman Chuck Ruben made a few committee assignment changes at the
meeting. Ruben reappointed Bob Farmer to the GIS committee. Farmer had
previously served on the committee and just needed to be officially
Bob Farmer made a motion to appoint Chuck Ruben to the Land of Lincoln Workforce
Alliance. Emily Davenport, the board's vice-chairman, will serve as the
All the appointments were unanimously approved by a voice vote.
Board members present were Kevin Bateman, Dave Blankenship, Janet Dahmm, Emily
Davenport, Bob Farmer, David Hepler, Gene Rohlfs, Chuck Ruben, Bob Sanders, Adam
Schmidt, Scott Schaffenacker and Annette Welch.
The next Regular board meeting will be held Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 7:00