Spesard also presented an engineering agreement to Upchurch and Associates to replace two bridges in Richland Township. This was also approved.
Zoning administrator Jared Rowcliffe reported that Safety Street, a private company, is offering address signs in conjunction with the new rural addressing system. He noted that his office neither endorses or not endorse the company.
“It’s up to the individual residents if they want it,” Rowcliffe said. “The company does work with the fire districts.”
Board member Robert Simpson noted that there was some communication problems between the townships and the county highway department during last week’s snowstorm and asked about getting new communication equipment.
“I think what we have is outdated,” Simpson said.
Health Department administrator Steve Melega reported that the State of Illinois has passed the requirement of the new septic systems for new buildings and replacement systems. The new systems are designed to protect the wetlands and water supplies.
“This will increase the cost of new houses about $5,000,” Melega noted. “It will not effect current systems. But eventually it will impact everyone as aging systems will have to be replaced.”
In other action the Board approved the resolution opposing the adoption of the House Bill amending the Prevailing Wage Act. Two members voted no.
The board also approved the following appointments:
- Dr. Rick Brown to the Airport and Landing Fields Commission
- Jim Looft to the Eastern Illinois Economic Development Authority
- Richard Gloede to Mental Health “708” Board
- Assistant State’s Attorney Marvin Hanson as Ethics Commission advisor
- Carl Miller, Michael Kiley, and Walter Lookofsky to the Ethics Commission
Next month’s County Board meeting will be held Thursday, February 13, due to Lincoln’s Birthday holiday.