Wednesday, Jan. 31
sponsored by Jake's Furnishings & Illini Bank

County briefs          Send a link to a friend

[JAN. 31, 2007] 

Animal control

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 food.



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.


County highways

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 Pulaski

  • $6,850 plus direct cost for a section of County Highway 10, Mount Pulaski to Illiopolis

(See map.)

[to top of second column]

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 inspector.

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.

  • Dean Toohey was appointed for another five-year term.

  • Rick Sheley takes over the one remaining year of the unexpired term of Glen Brooks.

[Jan Youngquist]

< Top Stories index

Back to top


News | Sports | Business | Rural Review | Teaching and Learning | Home and Family | Tourism | Obituaries

Community | Perspectives | Law and Courts | Leisure Time | Spiritual Life | Health and Fitness | Teen Scene
Calendar | Letters to the Editor