Shelbyville Daily Union

November 19, 2013

County Board approves resolutions, hears updates

Valorie Eversole Daily Union Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union

---- — The Shelby County Board spent its regular meeting approving resolutions and hearing updates.

Resolutions approved include the annual State’s Attorney’s Appellate Prosecutor Program resolution at at cost of $7,000.

“The cost is the same if we use it one time or a hundred times,” said State’s Attorney Gina Vonderheide.

Also approved was a resolution establishing fees for drug and alcohol testing and electronic monitoring.

“It’s a change in wording to remove ‘to confirm a positive field test’ and wording to add another range of drugs to test for,” said Board Chairman Bruce Cannon.

Probation Officer Heather Wooters said the drugs list will now include bath salts and other synthetic drugs.

CEFS Transportation Director Dennis Shiley requested a revision in the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Capital Assistance application that was approved in June.

“The application originally had included the purchase of three minivans,” Shiley said. “IDOT will now allow changing two minivans to one 14-passenger van.”

The Board approved the change to the application to purchase one minivan and one 14-passenger van.

Shiley also reported that October ridership surpassed the goal in ridership by more than 500 riders. He noted that the recent audit “went well” but that there is still a need for extra vehicles ready in case one breaks down.

County Engineer Alan Spesard presented an agreement with IDOT for the Clarksburg county highway railroad crossing upgrade project.

Spesard said that a box culvert will be installed next to the crossing and improvements made to the approach to the crossing. Estimated cost of the approach is $335,000 which will be 100 percent funded. The railroad improvement is estimated at $360,000 and will be made by the railroad.

“We (highway department) are doing most of the design work in house. We will be reimbursed,” Spesard said.

Spesard also reported:

- Work on the bridge located five to six miles southwest of Henton was been awarded to Depew and Owen of Vandalia with a bid of $392,498. Estimated cost is $444,200.

- Work on the bridge in Ash Grove Township has been started and is expected to be completed in spring 2014.

- Bridge on the Neoga Road is now open.

EMT coordinator Jared Rowcliffe reported that Strasburg, Findlay, and Neoga 911 addresses are waiting to be approved by the Postal Service. When those addresses are approved the 15-month process will be completed.

“It’s been a very successful project,” Rowcliffe said.

In committee reports:

Board member Jim Warren reported that the courthouse elevator has been upgrade with a phone and the building has been protected against power surges. He noted that power surges blew some of the computers in the building during the fire several years ago.

Board member Barbara Bennett reported that insurance premiums paid by the county will increase almost two percent due to salary increases and increases in employment.

The Board approved the following chairman appointments:

John Frederick appointed to the Stewardson Fire Protection District to fulfill the unexpired term of Marvin Debolt who retired.

Aaron Huffmaster as drainage commissioner for Drainage District #1 for Prairie and Big Spring townships.