Valorie Eversole Daily Union Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union
---- — Voters in Shelbyville Precinct 5 will have a new polling place thanks to an action by the Shelby County Board last week.
The polling will be moved to Cornerstone Community Fellowship Church gym from the courthouse basement.
“It feels like a good place. It’s a good idea to get the election place out of the courthouse,” said Shelby County Clerk Jessica Fox. She also noted that voters who come to the courthouse have to be screened through the metal detector. The church will have easier access for voters.
The board also approved a resolution opposing a mandate from the National Fire Protection Act requiring a sprinkler systems installed in new residences.
“The mandate is cost prohibitive for homeowners,” Cannon said.
In other action the board approved the 2013-2014 fiscal year budget.The budget reflects spending at $10,978,401 and a revenue of $11,213,327 for an “in the black” total of $234,926.
The board also approved a joint agreement between Illinois Department of Transportation and Shelby County for construction costs associated with replacement of the Towbruff bridge. Estimated cost of the project is $450,000 to be shared by the federal and state funds.
The board agreed to a petition from Richland Township for the replacement of a drainage structure with pipe located approximately three miles at an estimated cost of $10,000 to be split between the township and the county.
County Highway engineer Alan Spesard also reported that the Lakewood Bridge has been approved for temporary replacement with pipe tank cars. The structure cost is estimated at $42,157 with a 75 percent reimbursement from IEMA.
Work on a bridge in Ash Grove township, approximately 5 miles southeast of Tower Hill, is expected to begin October 1.
Board member Bob Jordan reported that county municipalities need to have facilities for animals while waiting for the animal control officer to arrive.
“Some are calling and expecting him (Brad Hudson) to be there within minutes. That’s not possible,” Jordan said.
Board chairman Bruce Cannon suggested that the committee draft a letter to the municipalities asking them to provide holding facilities for animals.
“It could be just a small cage, something to hold them temporarily,” Cannon said.
Board member Kay Kearney reported that the satellite office in Shelbyville for the Regional Superintendent of Education office will be closing in January.
“The satellite office is mainly for teacher certificate registration and GED registration. Registrations can be done online for both of these,” Kearney said.
Kearney also reported that the cost of the GED will increase to $120 in January, up from the current $50.
“I encourage anyone interested in taking the GED to do it now,” Kearney said.
The board approved the following appointments:
- Walt Lookofsky as Conflict Public Defender
- Robert Bridgeman as commissioner of the union Drainage District #1 of Pickaway and Todds Point townships
- Kenneth Kramer as commissioner of the combined Drainage District #2, Town of Tower Hill
- Peter Dove as commissioner of the combined Clarksburg and Shelbyville townships Drainage District #1
- Curt Corzine as commissioner of the union Drainage District #1 for Flat Branch and Assumption Townships, Shelby and Christian counties