Logan County Board hears plans for new year - Health center offices to begin construction Scully Park to get benches and more

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[January 19, 2017]  LINCOLN - On Tuesday, January 17, the Logan County Board held its regular monthly meeting to vote on resolutions and motions. Several department and committee updates were provided as well.

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 secretary-treasurer.

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 spring.

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 specific details.

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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 policies.

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.

Chairman's report

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 re-appointed.

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 alternate.

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 p.m.

[Angela Reiners]

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