Wednesday, Aug. 20


County addresses property rezoning requests, gives away section of highway
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[AUG. 20, 2003]  Following the hour-long debate on the rezoning of a country homes property, the Logan County Board continued its agenda with another rezoning request.

This rezoning request differed from the country homes rezoning request in that it related to a subdivision. Board member David Hepler petitioned to vote for the rezoning for property belonging to Keith and Veronica Hasprey, doing business as KVH Construction Co. The Haspreys requested that 36.1 acres of property be rezoned from agricultural to R-1 subdivision. The property is in Section 17 of East Lincoln Township.

The vote passed the board 11-1, with Veronica Hasprey (being the property owner) voting present.

The board also unanimously voted to replace a bridge in the Sheridan Road district. Construction will be done by Freesen Inc. for an estimated cost of $118, 728.92. Logan County will carry 10 percent of these costs.

Other highway matters presented by board member Terry Werth included the unanimous passing of the jurisdiction transfer of County Highway 7 from Logan to Macon County. This roadway will now be under the ownership of Liana Township.

Chairman Dale Voyles nominated Gloria Luster for appointment to the grounds committee. The board voted for this appointment with no opposition.

The board also voted on four separate resolutions, the first of which was for an economic development referendum in the March 2004 primary. A 7-4 vote passed the motion to place the referendum on the ballot, with Logan, Luster, O'Neill and Stewart voting "no."

In other board approvals, there was a unanimous vote to pass the Clerk of Courts Act and support of Family Day, to be set for Monday, Sept. 22. This local holiday encourages families to dine together and "get reacquainted with each other."

The resolution to allow the county legal holidays was met with one vote of opposition from Dick Logan, who feels that Good Friday should be included in county holidays. Voyles also noted that Casimir Pulaski Day has recently been taken off the holiday lineup.


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The Transportation Improvement Proposal for an overlay on the asphalt runway at Logan County Airport was submitted for vote by airport committee chair Robert Farmer. Farmer stated that the committee has $15,000 but needs an additional $5,000 to complete the project. He stated that Gov. Blagojevich has not yet signed this bill, but that the county will be reimbursed for these funds when it passes the governor's desk. The board approved with a unanimous vote.

Pat O'Neill of the animal control committee reminded the board that the upcoming Kroger fund-raiser for the shelter will be Sept. 6.

The board voted to unanimously approve the proposal for changing courthouse phone services from Ushman to Verizon. The cost will be $2,654, with a 5 percent increase each year of the three-year contract.

By another unanimous vote, the board approved a having fee cost study proposal prepared by Sikich Gardner. Finance committee chair Chuck Ruben stated that the total cost for the study would be $14,000.

John Stewart noted that the closing for the Habitat for Humanity house that was purchased by the county will be Aug. 21 at 9 a.m. at the ReMax office in Lincoln. The house is located at 1409 N. Kankakee. The community and board are invited to attend this brief ceremony.

Paul Gleason thanked those board members who chose to donate $11 for the purchase of box fans for Central Illinois Economic Development Corporation. He stated that these fans will be used and appreciated greatly.

Finally, Terry Werth noted that the Logan County Economic Development Committee has been working on their website and is pleased with its contribution to the community. The slogan for the site is "Quality Jobs First."

[Patricia Rankin]

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