Logan County Board amends Joint
Solid Waste contracts to five-year automatic renewal
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[September 20, 2017]
Tuesday, September 19, the Logan County Board held their regular
monthly meeting voting on motions and resolutions from several
committees. They also heard a brief update from the Emergency
Joint Solid Waste contracts
Davenport's motion to approve Joint Solid Waste Contract Amendments
passed 11-1 with Chuck Ruben, Vice Chairman Emily Davenport, Dave
Blankenship, Janet Dahmm, Bob Farmer, David Hepler, Gloria Luster,
Gene Rohlfs, Bob Sanders, Scott Schaffenacker, and Annette Welch
voting yes, and Kevin Bateman voting no.
Ruben said the amendments changed the contract from twenty years to
five years with automatic renewal every five years.
Bateman said he does not like the fact that there is still no "out
clause" and feels it locks people into the contract. He said every
city would have to vote to get out of the agreement.
Board member Gene Rohlfs said if one community wanted out, he would
think others would opt out.
Standing - Dan
Fulscher left, Terry Storer right
Terry Storer, Deputy Director of Logan County's Emergency Management
Agency, has officially announced his retirement as of November.
Storer thanked the board for everything over the years.
EMA Director Dan Fulscher has worked with Storer for over 37 years
and thanked him for his hard work and dedication.
Storer will be recognized along with several others at the board
workshop on November 16. A small open house will be held for Storer
on November 30.
Fulscher said he has recommended Kendall Caruthers be appointed as
the replacement for deputy director. Caruthers will be appointed in
Other committee motions and votes
Finance Committee update
Finance Committee Chairman David Hepler's motion to place the FY
2017-2018 Budget on display passed 11-1 with Chuck Ruben, Kevin
Bateman, Emily Davenport, Janet Dahmm, Bob Farmer, David Hepler,
Gloria Luster, Gene Rohlfs, Bob Sanders, Scott Schaffenacker, and
Annette Welch voting yes; and Dave Blankenship voting no.
Hepler thanked those who have worked hard on the budget and said
they "have made lemonade out of lemons." Hepler said the county
should be able to maintain its level of services with modest cuts.
They are hoping the wind farm money will come in, which will bring
Hepler said the budget could be amended once it comes off display
and the board could make changes in November if needed.
Insurance/Legislative/Liquor Committee updates
Committee Chair Annette Welsh's brought forward three motions, which
were all unanimously approved by the board.
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• A motion to hold a Flu Clinic at the courthouse on October 26,
• A motion to authorize an Insurance Consultant to bring a proposal to
consolidate Vision, Life, Aflac, Liberty National and other products offered.
Ruben said the renewal dates for all the insurances will also be the same.
• A motion to bring the Liquor Ordinance off display. The ordinance was recently
amended and has been on display since August.
Road and Bridge Committee updates
Road and Bridge Committee Chairman Bob Farmer brought three motions forward,
which were all unanimously approved:
• A motion to award a bridge repair contract in Oran Township to Freesen, a
Division of United Contractors Midwest, Inc. in the amount of $17,577.84.
• A motion to award a bridge repair contract in Mount Pulaski Township to CSD
Environmental Services, Inc. in the amount of $24,588.60.
• A motion to award a bridge repair contract in Sheridan Township to SK Davison
in the amount of $5,040.43.
Executive and Personnel Committee
Executive and Personnel Committee Chair Emily Davenport brought two motions
forward from the committee.
Davenport's motion to allow the chairman to sign the Electric Aggregation
Contract failed 10-2 with Emily Davenport, Kevin Bateman, Dave Blankenship,
Janet Dahmm, David Hepler, Gloria Luster, Gene Rohlfs, Bob Sanders, Scott
Schaffenacker, and Annette Welch voting no, and Bob Farmer and Chuck Ruben
Ruben said the board is part of an aggregate group and needs to explain to that
group why the board voted no. He asked whether some wanted to wait for Lincoln's
decision on electric aggregation.
Board member Bob Sanders said he voted no because he would like to hear more
about the aggregation and see numbers.
Board Chairman Chuck Ruben said it is the aggregation group's job to get
amounts, which are a commodity that can change overnight. Bids have to be
brought back quickly. Ruben said electric rates are less right now, but often go
up as winter nears. He said they are probably running out of time for a good bid
Board member Kevin Bateman said he voted no because he does not believe a
consortium should make their choice and does see ICAN as a favorable company.
Ruben said he will talk to the consortium group to see if they would like to
make a presentation. He sent the issue back to the Executive and Personnel
All 12 Board members were present for the evening: Board Chairman Chuck Ruben,
Vice Chairman Emily Davenport, Kevin Bateman, Dave Blankenship, Janet Dahmm, Bob
Farmer, David Hepler, Gloria Luster, Gene Rohlfs, Bob Sanders, Scott
Schaffenacker and Annette Welch.
The next Regular Logan County Board meeting will be Tuesday, October 16 at 7
p.m. at the courthouse.