Subject of the County Committee on Animal Control – The Breeze-Courier

CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Highways, Buildings, Grounds, Environment, Zoning and Welfare Committee met Tuesday evening for its July meeting. They discussed animal control and the courthouse itself.

There were a few public comments that evening. The first coming from the mayor of L’Assomption, Derek Page. He attended the meeting to brief the committee on the tragic car accident involving four Central A&M students that took place early Tuesday morning. He asked the Council to work with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to improve the intersection at Assumption.

Rebecca Hile, a longtime volunteer with Christian County Animal Control, spoke on behalf of animal betterment at the shelter.

Patty Rykhus offered her condolences to the community of the Assumption and to all those who mourn this horrible situation. She requested that the Animal Control Ordinance Humane Investigator be rescinded or rewritten.

The first official item on the agenda was related to zoning. There were several calls from people asking if there was a zoning office. Currently, there is no agent in place, so there is no office.

County Roads Engineer Cliff Frye and the committee sent the two revised resolutions for county bridges (Pana Bridge #66 and Locust Bridge #3) to be considered by State’s Attorney Wes Poggenpohl and then by the entire county council after approval.

Frye also gave updates on his freeway project, including the No. 66 Pana Bridge which will begin construction Aug. 8. Locust #3 does not have a start date, and the Assumption Project batch has yet to begin.

Poggenpohl explained and answered all questions regarding the rules and laws of the Certified Humane Investigator (AHI). The goal of the state attorney is that his involvement in animal control will ultimately only deal with the ticketing and prosecution process. The motion to send the recommendation to the full Board of Directors was carried unanimously.

The Christian County Courthouse will receive updates with tree removal, doors, boiler and fire detection, to name a few.

Finally, the committee discussed Animal Control donations by credit card and recommended that the full board review the costs.

The meeting adjourned at 7:18 a.m.

Jessica C. Bell