Fulton County Board met May 8.
Fulton County Board met May 8.
Here is the minutes provided by the Board:
Chairman Bob Bucher called the Regular Session, May 8, 2018 meeting to order at 6:32 p. m. in Courtroom 201 at the Fulton County Courthouse in Lewistown, IL.
The Fulton County Clerk called the roll and found the following members present: Quorum met. (Present-P; Absent-A)
Sheryl Augenstein – AGarry Hensley – PJoe Murphy – P
Carolyn Blodgett – PVicki S. Hoke – AJason Myetich – P
Steven Bohler – ADonna Hudson – PEric Pigg – A
Robert L. Bucher – PLaura Hepp Kessel – PTerry Pigg – P
Roger Clark – PDan Kumer – PWarren Potter – P
Mary Deushane – PDoug Manock – AJohn E. Taylor – P
Glen Hamm – P Craig Medus – ANeil Williams – P
Elected/Appointed Officials Jim Nelson, Co. Clerk, Justin Jochums – State’s Attorney, Rick Regnier – Supervisor of Assessments, Jeff Standard – Sheriff, Staci Mayall – Treasurer
Staff John D Young, Executive Assistant, Audra Miles – Administrative Comptroller
Media John Froehling – Fulton Democrat; Hannah Schrodt – Canton Daily Ledger
Approval Of Minutes:
Member Clark moved to accept the minutes as corrected be kept on file the Regular Session April 10th 2018 minutes with a second from Member T. Pigg. Motion Carried by voice vote with all voting ayes.
Additions/Deletions To Agenda:
Chairman Bucher asked Jason Strandberg’s appointment be postponed till June and that an Executive Session with Action afterwards be added. From the Action agenda, Zoning, Item C, postponed to June
Member Clark moved to approve the agenda as amended with a second from Member T. Pigg. Motion carried by voice vote with all voting ayes.
Announcements, Communications And Correspondence:
Missy Towery – 2nd Report
Towery outline several items from here report; Majestic Theater opening on the 26th of April was a success. On-going work with work with the Vaughn/Epworth Springs on tax rebates and expansion of the Canton/Fulton Enterprise Zone was described. Towery announced the first kitchen incubator had opened in Canton, Blessing Food Hub would allow people to use a commercial kitchen as well as allow sales of products. The Prairie View property had been posted for sale. Lastly, Dana Smith’s work with Comcast partners was nearing completion, with an ad prompting various sites in Fulton County being featured.
Duney’s Defense – Letter of Thanks & Event Flyer
Fulton-Mason Crisis Service – Letter of Thanks
Canton Area Heritage Center –Letter of Thanks & Newsletter
Comcast Notice of Changes to Service
Career Link Employment Data FY 17-18
Miller, Hall & Triggs – Increase in Legal Services
IACBM Counties at the Capital – April 2018
IACBM Counties at the Capital – May 2018
IACBM – Office Relocation Notice – May 1st 2018
UCCI Annual Golf Outing & Education Seminar
UCCI Meeting Attendance Reimbursement – First Qtr.
The Center Peace – Center of Prevention of Abuse – Included in packet
708 Board Reports
Ameren 3rd Vegetation Maintenance Schedule
Resignation of Sherry Augenstein
Appointment of Jason Strandberg Both Items Postponed till June
Bucher pointed out all of the information that was not in the board packet included; update on FCTC visitor’s guides distributed, and HB459 amendment.
Pubic Remarks: None
Member Clark moved to approve the consent agenda as amended with a second from Member Murphy. Member Williams asked HB4581 – Letter of Opposition was about, Sheriff Standard was given the floor and explained it would raise the age of juvenile delinquency from 17 to 21 over a short period of time. Standard added this was opposed but all the Sheriff’s in Illinois. No further discussion was made, the motion carried, Member Taylor voting against.
1. Claims- Supervisor of Assessment, Board of Review, Fulton County Camp & Rec, Zoning, Property, ESDA, Sheriff, Jail, Animal Control, County Board, Public Defender, Health/Clayberg, Highway, MISC., Spay/Neuter Program, ROE, Approval of Board of Review Claims as Dictated by PA 099-0604
1. Reports- Animal Control, VAC, Treasurer, FCCRA POS Report
2. Other Reports- Public Defender, State’s Attorney/Circuit Clerk, Sheriff, County Clerk, 3rd Quarter PCOM Report
1. Resolution: Appointment – Travis Snowden – Vermont Fire Protection District
2. Resolution: Appointment of Pat Ketchum – Farmington Township Park District
3. Resolution: Reappointment – Scott L. Welker – Lewistown Fire Protection District
4. Resolution: Doug Manock – Reappointment – Human Services Transportation Plan Steering Committee – Share seat with Audra Miles
5. Resolution: Reappointment – Gary Bernahl – Farmington Sanitary District
1. General Fund Transfer
2. Other Funds Transfers
3. General Fund Immediate Emergency Appropriations
4. Other Fund Immediate Emergency Appropriations
5. Resolution: Authorizing Fulton County Board Chairman to sign and execute any and all documents required for IDOT Financial Assistance Grant for Fulton County Rural Transit
6. HB4581 – Letter of Opposition – when completed
1. Resolution: Subdivision plat for Luann Grigsby
g. Public Works & Highway
1. Acceptance of 2018 Maintenance Aggregate Quotes
h. Economic Development And Tourism
a. Discussion/Action: Engagement of dacott Energy Services
Member Hensley made the motion to Engage Homefield Energy for one year with a second from Member Myetich. Member Williams asked why not lock in a two year contract, Member Hensley explained the one year was the recommendation of the broker from dacott. Nicole Darling injected that with Homefield there had been billing error in the past. Member Kumer asked if all buildings were covered, it was reported they are. No further discussion was made the motion carried all ayes.
b. Discussion/Action: Purposed Increase for Pricing on Auction Sales
Member Hensley made the motion to accept the increase for pricing on auction sales w with a second from Member Murphy. Treasurer Mayall explained the seal bid process and that the increase would provide Joseph E Meyers with an additional $100.00 and the county and additional $50.00. Member Kumer asked the about the number of tax sales, Mayall explained there was only one, Kumer clarified his question, how many properties are sold, Mayall stated it varied. No further discussion was made the motion carried all ayes.
c. Discussion/Action: Setting of Salaries for County Clerk
d. Discussion/Action: Setting of Salaries for County Treasurer
e. Discussion/Action: Setting of Salaries for Sheriff
Member Hensley made the motion to set the salaries for the County Clerk,
County Treasurer and Sheriff four the next four year with a second from Member E. Pigg.
Member Williams made the motion to amend the resolution giving County Treasurer and Sheriff a 1.25% raise in year one with a 1% raise for the following three years, while the County Clerk would receive a 1% raise for three year and a cut in the fourth year to $62,000.00, with a second from Member Hudson. Motion failed with Deushane, Hudson, Kumer Potter and Williams voting aye.
Member Taylor made the motion to amend the resolution freezing all three elected officials’ salaries for the next four years at their current rate with a second from Member Kumer. Motion failed with Kumer and Taylor voting aye.
The original motion as presented was passed with Members Hensley, Myetich, Potter and Taylor voting nay.
f. Discussion/Action: Setting of Salaries for Supervisor of Assessment
Member Hensley made the motion to freeze the salary for the Supervisor of Assessment and give him five weeks’ vacation for the next four years with a second from Member Myetich. Member Hudson asked who gets five weeks’ vacation, Nelson stated it was what he had got last time his salary was set. No further discussion was made. The motion carried with Member Taylor voting against.
g. Resolution: Spay/Neuter Service Fee Increase – 15% Motion Passed
a. Discussion/Action: Resolution/Back up staffing for zoning – 8 hours per week.
Member T. Pigg made the motion to hire a backup staffing for zoning at no more than 8 hours per week with a second from Member Hamm. Member Kumer asked who was doing this job not, T. Pigg said no one that was why this was being done now. Member Hudson asked how that person would be paid, Mayall explained that a person from the environmental health would be selected and that only permitting work would be done. Nelson added it made more sense to have someone in the health department do the permitting. No further discussion was made. The motion carried all ayes.
b. Discussion/Action: Resolution/Text Amendment to Section 16 b.3 of the Fulton County Zoning Ordinance
Member T. Pigg made the motion to amend the text of Section 16 b.3 of the Fulton County Zoning Ordinance which would require a 911 address be issued before and building permit could be issued with a second from Member Hamm. No further discussion was made. The motion carried all ayes.
c. Discussion/Action: Resolution/Text Amendment to Section 6 of the Zoning Ordinance Postponed till June
d. Discussion/Action: Resolution/One Year Employment Agreement for Zoning Officer
Member T. Pigg made the motion approve a one year employment agreement with a second from member Hamm. Member Williams made the motion to amend the resolution to include verbiage that the zoning officer serve for one year with a sixty day automatic renewal with a second from Member Murphy. The amended motion carried by voice vote all ayes.
Member Murphy said the committee was going to continue to reach out to communities for help paying for the electronic recycling program.
Public Works & Highway:
a. Discussion/Action: Acceptance of Landfill Hunting Lease – Dan Baldock
Member Clark explained that Dan Baldock had put in the highest bid but rescinded it, leaving the bid from Karl Williams as the winning bid. Member Clark made the motion to accept the Landfill Hunting Lease – from Karl Williams with a second from Member Murphy. No further discussion was made. The motion carried all ayes.
Economic Development & Tourism – None
a. Discussion/Action: 2nd & 3rd Floor Storage, Weight Issues & Stairway
Member Clark explained the Bill Phillips was going to contact a structural engineer to estimate a study of the weight problem on the second floor, specifically the file rooms. Member Williams described a plan to turn the ROE building in to storage for the courthouse. Member Hudson asked if the money being spent on the study better used for storage; it was pointed out the files in question are used on a daily basis.
Member Clark added that Phillips would work up plans to add code compliant hand rails to stair cases.
Health – None
Mayall presented the County General Fund summary showing a ($438,875.62), a one-time Ameren payment is included in the present deficit. Mayall made the bond interest payment which was due on the 25th of May and renewed the county General Fund CD. Mayall confirmed that in the event the CD would have to be cashed in, the bank would not penalize the county. The audit will be finished by the end of the month, with Jeff McPherson coming to the June Board Meeting to give their report. Lastly, property tax bills will go out on Friday, 26,328 will go out via mailing services, with the first installment due on the 8th of June and the last on the 7th of September.
a. Discussion/Action: Litigation
Member Hensley made the motion to go into Executive Session with a second from Member Potter at 7:52 pm. The motion carried by a roll call vote all ayes.
Member Williams made the motion to go into Executive Session with a second from Member Clark at 8:15 pm. The motion carried by a roll call vote all ayes.
Member Williams made the motion to authorize Co. Clerk Nelson to enact the settlement release of the tentative agreement with a second from Member Kumer No further discussion was made. The motion carried all ayes.
Misc. – None
Member Clark made the motion to adjourn the meeting with a second from Member Medus at 8:17 p.m. The motion carried by voice vote. The next Fulton County Board meeting will be held the next Fulton County Board meeting will be held June 12, 2018 at 6:30 pm, Fulton County Courthouse, Room 201, Lewistown, IL.