In regular business for the Shelby County Board, County Highway Engineer Alan Spesard explained the agreement with Enbridge Pipeline for maintenance and repairing of roads as part of their project through the county.
Enbridge Pipeline is the installer for the oil pipeline from Canada through Illinois. The project will impact the western part of the county and county highways.
“All counties have the same agreement but it has to be individually passed,” Spesard explained.
The county will recieve $10,000 in administrative fees. Any anticipated damage will be from hauling material on the county highways.
“They will inspect the roads before and after hauling. Any damages will be repaired.” Spesard said.
“The Road and Bridge committee has been looking over the agreement for the county,” said Board chairman Bruce Cannon. “This agreement is as good as its going to get. We think it’s okay for the county.”
Spesard reiterated that the agreement will cover only county highways, not the township roads.
The board approved the agreement.
Spesard also reported that the Lakewood bridge that was washed out by flooding last April has been approved by the State to be let out for bid March 7. Construction on the bridge south of Henton is expected to begin May 1
Spesard also noted that the winter weather has put a big expense on his department’s budget.
“The is the most expensive winter in several decades,” he said. “We don’t really know how expensive the winter is until spring and we can see the damage on the roads.”
Spesard noted that there is added expense in fuel, labor, and equipment due to the road clearing work.
In chairman reports, Bruce Cannon said that State Senator Chapin Rose is working on getting a meeting set up between himself, the county, and DNR director Marc Miller regarding Eagle Creek Resort.
There has not been any progress on the building in several months and owner Dennis Ballinger of Ballinger and Associates has not responded to inquiries about the work.
“Ballinger is invited to every meeting, He doesn’t want to come,” Cannon said.
“I’m leaving it up to Chapin. I expect something to occur before the next board meeting,” Cannon said.
Cannon also reported that Clean Line Energy is wanting to hold community forums about the proposed lines through southern Shelby County which stretches from Pana to Sigel.
“This will concern more of you (board members) south of Route 16,” Cannon said.
In other business, the board approved:
- lease renewal on the county farm
- appointment of Kay Kearney to Regional Office of Education committee
- appointment of Dick Clark to rescue squad committee