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board sets about the business of the county
at juvenile detention costs
[DEC. 17, 2004]
It's a new fiscal year, and
a new board mulled over business of the county at the courthouse
last evening. Mostly things were the same, but it was a bit like
hearing an old familiar song sung by new voices. Bob Farmer
conducted the meeting as the new chairman of the board, replacing
Dale Voyles. Gloria Luster is vice chairman. Previous committee
chairmen occasionally came to the aid of new chairmen as they did
One chair changed out. George
Mitchell took his place at the table. He replaces Dr. David Hepler,
who served eight years.
board discussed several issues and took straw votes that will be put
to final vote on Tuesday.
grip on juvenile delinquent costs
In an effort to hold down juvenile
detention costs, finance committee chairman Chuck Ruben announced
that the county would take out a new contract to use 120 days in the
next year at a rate of $80 per day with McLean County. Contracting
use reduces the rate from the standard $110 per day.
The county alternates use of McLean
and Peoria juvenile holding facilities. Both have benefits. The
Peoria rate is higher at $115 "per bed," but the cost includes
pickup and return to Logan County, including for court hearings as
needed. There are no extra transportation costs for vehicle use or
The use of the McLean County
facility does not include transportation. Transportation is usually
supplied by the Logan County Sheriff's Department and is estimated
to cost about $70 to $80 per trip.
The use of electronic bracelet
monitoring has greatly reduced juvenile holding time. Numbers of
days in detention have dropped dramatically since its
implementation. In 2002 there were 1,407 days of juvenile detention.
The figure was down to 892 days in 2003. By 2004 only 475 days were
A judge may order a parent to be
responsible for transportation. Sheriff Steve Nichols said that he
would support this, as it would not only keep deputies on the
streets, but just as importantly, it might give parents time to be
with their kid. And some good communication might come from it when
they have to spend time riding in the car together, he said.
It is estimated that about
two-thirds of the parents would be able to comply. In cases where
the parent cannot supply transportation or if a youth is difficult
to handle, then a deputy could be ordered.
All county employees will be
presented information by AFLAC. Representatives meet with employees
one-on-one for a brief overview of select insurance opportunities.
Five plans have been pre-selected: accident, disability, cancer,
hospitalization and personal recovery treatments. Employees will be
given literature on each plan, and then it is up to them if they
want to participate in one or more of the programs.
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This is supplemental insurance that
the employee pays. Payments are taken out of paychecks and would
help the county save on payroll taxes.
Phase one of a two-year
transportation improvement plan on the airport grounds was approved.
This year a drainage pipe will laid and graded over. The cost will
Annual appointments for positions in
animal control were tentatively approved. Continuing in their
current positions will be Vickie Loafman as warden, Sheri Roos as
assistant warden and Dr. Lester Thompson as administrator.
Logan County Courthouse centennial
plans continue. Paul Gleason heads that endeavor, which includes
many details, such as souvenirs. The company handling the production
of a small replica of the courthouse is excited about the cannon and
the Indian maiden they saw in pictures they received. They think
those are interesting and are going to try to incorporate them into
Bill Sahs said that he will be
working with the new chamber of commerce president, Patrick Doolin,
and the vice president, Mary Conrady, on plans for the art and
balloon fest. Sahs serves on the county board airport committee.
2005 will be the first year that the hot-air balloon portion of the
festival will be held on the grounds of the Logan County Airport.
committees gone to work
Board members each serve on
committees chosen in accordance with their skills and talents. They
receive $35 a day plus 30 cents per mile travel expense to attend
committee meetings. Past chairman Voyles reorganized committees so
that members would have most if not all of their meetings one after
the other on the same day.