The Shelby County Board approved the new fiscal year budget that would put the county nearly $235,000 in the black.
The proposed budget for fiscal year 2013-2014 counters the past year’s budget which was just over $500,000 in deficit.
The budget takes into consideration the costs of health care for county employees that will take place in January with the implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act.
Budget amendments were also presented and approved to the 2012-2013 budget.
Jared Rowcliffe, Zoning administrator and Emergency Management administrator, was given a third title in board action Wednesday. The board approved Board Chairman Bruce Cannon’s appointment of Rowcliffe as Program Compliance Oversight Manager for the CEFS public transit program.
“This is an IDOT (Illinois Department of Transportation) requirement,” Cannon explained. Rowcliffe will be tracking IDOT funds for the program, manage ridership issues, and be the contact with CEFS. He will spend approximately 25 percent of his time in this position.
The board approved not only the appointment, but also the compensation amount for the position and a line item in the budget.
The board approved the Shelby County Health Department Food and Sanitation Ordinance which will allow for additional inspections of “high risk” food facilities. These include businesses that prepare food in advance and reheat them for customers.
“About 80 percent of food borne illness is from advance prepped foods,” said Shelby County Health Department director Steve Melega.
Five board members voted against the ordinance.
The unanimously approved two of the three appointments offered by chairman Cannon.
Mose, Yockey, Brown and Kull were approved as accountants for the county and Marvin Debolt was reappointed to the Stewardson Fire Protection District.
However some board members objected the appointment of Robert Swiney as Public Defender. Eight members voted no.
“The judge (Bennett) made the recommendation,” said Cannon. “The appointment will be for one year and the judge will monitor the situation. This vote is sending a clear message that there is a problem.”