Aluminum cans are still being collected to
help defray costs of keeping pets at the Logan County Animal Control
facility at 1515 N. Kickapoo. This fundraiser generates $600 to
$1,200 per month.
Currently, Kroger and Wal-Mart are donating the majority of pet
Bids are going out this month for a project that will extend the
apron and finish water supply work at the north end of the Logan
County Airport. The work is estimated to cost between $600,000 and
$700,000. Most of the funding will be through a federal cost-sharing
program, TIPS. The county share would be about $12,500. Work could
begin as soon as March.
The Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce would like to
increase the Saturday afternoon activity at the airport during the
balloon festival this year. The Army Silver Wings paratroopers from
Fort Benning, Ga., have been contacted to come and perform. They
have not committed yet.
The Logan County Highway Department website has been completed
and has lots of useful information on it.
County engineer Bret Aukamp met with the Illinois Department of
Transportation this month to discuss the future allocation and
programming of federal funds. Funds for 2008 will be used for box
culvert replacement. 2009 and 2010 funds will be used for roadway
resurfacing on County Highway 10.
Agreements for preliminary
engineering service by Cummins Engineering Corp. were approved:
$6,850 plus direct
costs for a section of County Highway 10, Elkhart to Mount
$6,850 plus direct
cost for a section of County Highway 10, Mount Pulaski to
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Aukamp reported to the road and bridge committee that he has used
the GIS system to assess road signs throughout the county. His
technician took GPS to the field to collect the data identifying
location, type and condition of all the county signs. The project
could lead to federal funding in the future.
Joe Kavelman has been hired to do bridge inspections. That work
is to begin this month.
Aukamp recently received training and is now a certified bridge
Communications have been received from the Elkhart Historical
Society that they are still searching for insurance coverage for the
historic bridge there.
Preparing for energy cost increases
County coordinator Dewey Colter has contacted Ameren to do an
assessment of energy costs. The estimated use for county buildings
and grounds -- including the courthouse, airport, public safety
complex, highway department, two parks, Dr. John Logan facility and
animal control -- is now $78,000 a year for electricity and $52,000
a year for gas.
Two appointments to the zoning
appeals board were approved this month.