Shelbyville Daily Union

June 14, 2013

County Board approves CEFS grant requests

Valorie Eversole Daily Union Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union

---- — The Shelby County board approved grants and requests that were presented during its regular meeting Wednesday.

CEFS Chief Operations officer Kevin Bushur presented the nearly half-million dollar capital improvement grant that includes funds for three new mini-vans, equipment, and facilities for the six counties involved.

Also approved were the maintenance plan and amendment to the design services for the Shelbyville facility at 1500 W. S. First Street and the marketing plan for CEFS services.

The board approved the implementation of the Jospeh Meyers Delinquent Tax Program to be used by the Shelby County Treasurer’s office. Shelby County was only one of a small handful of Illinois counties not using the system. It will aid in collection of scavenger taxes on foreclosed properties.

“The last time, in 2010, we had a list of 23 parcels. Only one sold and six others eventually paid,” explained Treasurer Debra Page. “This year there are 43 parcels. The number of forfeits seems to be growing and growing, With this company, everything sells.”

Road work requests were presented and approved. Among them were:

- Pipe replacement in Cold Spring Township, 4 miles north of Herrick, at approximately $4,000 to be shared by the township and the county

- Drainage structure replacement in Prairie Township, 3 miles northwest of Stewardson, at approximately $4,500 to be shared by the township and the county

- Pipe culvert replacement in Ash Grove Township, 3.5 miles southeast of Windsor, costs to be shared by the township and the county

- Concrete box in Tower Hill township, 3 miles south of Tower Hill, at approximately $4,000 to be shared by the township and the county

The board approved an agreement for engineering services for work at the railroad crossing approach near Clarksburg on County Highway 7. The agreement is with Henderson & Associates for $25,163.

County engineer Alan Spesard reported that project to replace rural traffic control signs was nearly complete but that additional signs that had to be ordered exceeded the initial grant. He asked to revise the joint agreement with IDOT (Illinois Department of Transportation) to be reimbursed those costs. The board approved the request.

Spesard also reported:

- Repair work on the bridge in Windsor Township has started and should be completed in a few days

- Work on the Neoga Road is nearly complete, awaiting striping and reflectors, but is open

- Work on the Neoga Road bridge will be begin June 30. The road at the bridge will be closed for the construction. Construction costs are estimated at about $751,000.

- Work on the Oklahoma Bridge will begin June 17.

- Underwater inspection of the Findlay Bridge reported no major findings.

- Work on the Shelbyville Township railroad crossing approach started last week

- The Ash Grove bridge is closed and state letting will be held June 14. Work is expected to begin this fall.

Zoning and EMA director Jared Rowcliffe reported that the rural addressing project is ongoing.

“It’s slower than anticipated,” Rowcliffe said. “Oconee, Herrick, Lakewood, Cowden and Tower Hill are complete. Shelbyville has been slowed down.”

Board Chairman Bruce Cannon reported the public building committee is looking into a weatherization grant through DEOC (Development and Economic Opportunity Committee) in the amount of $500,000 for roof and window work on the Courthouse.

No action was taken following the executive session concerning possible litigation.