County committee explores many topics Monday night – The Breeze-Courier
A rescission order and the sheriff’s salary were discussed. A motion passed a few weeks ago stating that the sheriff’s salary should be 80% of the state attorney’s salary. If a new sheriff is appointed after July 1 and before the election, he receives the new salary. Christian County Treasurer Betty Asmussen provided necessary salary information to the committee. The motion to recommend to the full board to extend the order passed unanimously.
Next on the agenda, the committee discussed possible plans for all ARPA funding requests. The request was in the form of orders and the first concerned the windows of the courthouse.
The committee talked about replacing the windows in the courthouse, which would cost about $480,000. The requests had no orders assigned to them, just requests at the time of the meeting. They came to the conclusion that it was necessary to draft the order and send it to the finance committee.
The committee came to the same conclusion regarding the demand for 911 and the cost of labor.
“I’m of the opinion that since these aren’t in the form of prescriptions, we don’t really need to visit them,” Corzine said. “Finance (the committee) needs to look at it, if they see fit to make the order then it will come to us.”
The county treasurer requested less than $5,000 of ARPA funds for equipment needed for his duties.
Koonce applied for funds for Safe Passage, Problem Solving and Mental Health Court. Judge Brad Paisley and Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler told the committee exactly what the different needs are.
Safe Passages is an addiction treatment program. The program is designed to give people the help they need to live the life they want without the disease of addiction. Drug addiction is a major problem in the city of Taylorville, Christian County and across the United States. If ARPA funds are granted, they will be earmarked for hotel rooms, travel expenses and anything else the county may need to ensure assistance can be provided at a moment’s notice. SafePassage received $100,000 and the Problem Resolution Tribunal received $50,000 pending finance committee approval.
Chief Wheeler is meeting with Macoupin County Mental Health on May 31 to discuss possible grants. He will inform the Council of the result.
Tax resolutions and outstanding tax collection lists were approved.
Zoning Appeal Board Chairman Steve Sipes brought the weather tower text amendment to the committee’s attention. The ZBA made a recommendation which was presented as an amendment to the weather towers section of the ordinance. It was approved and sent to the Board of Directors for approval.
“I don’t know if County Council can file these types of motions,” Sipes said. “Now we’re going away for another month because it can’t get on our agenda fast enough.”
Wells and Poggenpohl informed Sipes that all the Council needed to do was act on the recommendation. Since they tabled and sent the subject to the committee, it was an action.
“It’s not that we want to kill green projects of any kind, but health and safety is where it’s at,” Sipes said.
“Our goal is and should always be to protect the people of Christian County,” Corzine replied.
The committee met in executive session at 8:32 p.m. to discuss personnel. They resumed 45 minutes later at 9:17 p.m. No action was taken behind closed doors.
When the committee emerged, the animal control, zoning and solid waste departments were discussed. Koonce introduced a motion to separate animal control from the other two departments and to move the zoning and solid waste departments to another room in the courthouse.
“Mr. (Vince) Harris isn’t here, but I just want to make sure he knows we’re trying to help,” Corzine said. “We want to give him a little more time to zoning .”
Next, an educator for solid waste management was discussed. The educator would go to county schools to teach students about recycling. The position does not have a definitive job description. The committee needs more information and President Wells will request the job description needed in the future. A job description for an inspector/investigator was also suggested.
The appointment of temporary staff to assist County Council Administrative Assistant, Liz Hile, was discussed. The motion passed unanimously to allow the president to hire an assistant for 90 days at $15 an hour with a 20-hour work week.
Discussions on the county staff manual have been tabled.
The meeting adjourned at 9:34 p.m.