County Board minutes; Board of Whole meeting
November 21, 2012, By Pam Meagher, The Board of Whole Meeting was held in the First Floor Courtroom, Courthouse on November 15, 2012
Present: Dave Hepler – Vice Chairman; Bob Farmer – Chairman; Andy Anderson; Rick Aylesworth; Kevin Bateman; Terry Carlton; Bill Martin; Andy Meister; Pat O’Neill; Gene Rohlfs; Chuck Ruben; Jan Schumacher
Guests: Dan Fulscher; John Bunner; JoAnne Marlin; Darwin Shroyer; Marcia Greenslate; Dianne Ruff; Brian Bergen; Jim Hubrich; Jan Youngquist; Cheryl Hedrick; Blane Olson; Barb Kline; Mike Fak; Bucky Washam; Terry Storer; Roy Logan; John Olson; Patti Storer; Beverly Storer; Stephen Schreiner; Pam Schreiner; Don Ludwig; Nathan Woodside; Derek Hurley; Will D’Andrea; Bret Aukamp; Doug Muck.
Mr. Hepler called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mrs. Marlin.
Mr. Fulscher was in attendance to present the annual Larry Shroyer Awards in honor of outstanding volunteers and emergency services individuals in Logan County. Special merit awards for outstanding community volunteerism were presented to Roy Logan and Marcia Greenslate in appreciation for their assistance with many community events. Larry Shroyer awards were presented to John Bunner and Terry Storer in recognition of their many years of service and dedication to emergency services in Logan County.
Airport/Farm: Mr. Rohlfs reported 911 gallons of fuel were sold in October. The concrete floor for the new T-hangar will be poured tomorrow. Nothing further to report.
Animal Control: Nothing to report.
Building and Grounds: A motion was made by Mr. Martin, seconded by , to discontinue the cleaning contract for the John Logan building effective December 1, 2012. A motion to amend was made by Mr. Bateman, seconded by Mr. Ruben, to refer back to committee for further discussion. Straw vote taken. Motion passed. Nothing further to report.
Chamber of Commerce: Mrs. Schumacher reported the Chamber will be celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2013. Special events are planned. They have unveiled their new, updated logo which will begin appearing on communications in January. Nothing further to report.
Community Action: Mr. O’Neill reported Community Action recently recognized ten students with scholarships. Public transportation is booming and being used far more than anticipated. Consideration is being given for the addition of more drivers and expanding hours. Nothing further to report.
Executive/Economic Development: Nothing to report.
Finance: A motion was made by Mr. Ruben, seconded by Mr. Carlton, to approve the engagement letter for the FY2012 audit with CliftonLarsenAllen. Straw vote taken. Motion passed. A motion was made by Mr. Ruben, seconded by Mr. Rohlfs, to approve the bond ordinance in the amount of $600,000. Straw vote taken. Motion passed. A motion was made by Mr. Ruben, seconded by Mr. Aylesworth, to remove the FY12-13 budget from display and approve same. Straw vote taken. Motion passed. Nothing further to report.
General Assembly: Nothing to report.
Health: Nothing to report.
Insurance/Legislation: Mrs. Schumacher reported there may be an insurance issue involving potential litigation that would require discussion in executive session at the Adjourned Board meeting. She is waiting for an opinion from the State’s Attorney’s office. If necessary, it will be placed on the Adjourned agenda. A motion was made by Mrs. Schumacher, seconded by Mr. Martin, to approve the renewal offer for CIRMA for property, casualty, liability and work comp insurance with an annual premium of $220,611. Straw vote taken. Motion passed. A motion was made by Mrs. Schumacher, seconded by Mr. Farmer, to approve LO 11-12 133 – Appointment of Bill Sahs to Logan County Board of Health. Straw vote taken. Motion passed. A motion was made by Mrs. Schumacher, seconded by Mr. Rohlfs, to approve LO 11-12 134 – Appointment of Roger Bock to Logan County Board of Health. Straw vote taken. Motion passed. Nothing further to report.
Workforce Investment: Nothing to report.
Law Enforcement and EMA: Nothing to report.
Liquor: Nothing to report.
Planning and Zoning: Mr. D’Andrea explained the steps involved in the re-zoning process. The Regional Planning Commission makes a recommendation to the Zoning Board of Appeals. The ZBA then holds a public hearing and, at the conclusion, provides their recommendation to the County Board. The applicant who has a current petition before the ZBA for a re-zone for a quarry requested the ZBA table their decision for thirty days in order to allow time to address remaining concerns. The ZBA will meet again on December 10th to make their recommendation. It will be then be brought forward to the County Board by resolution. Mr. O’Neill questioned why this process has taken so long for this case. Mr. D’Andrea explained there was an error in the publication for the first public meeting. As a result, that meeting had to be rescheduled and held again. The second public hearing was quite lengthy, and then the application requested the extension. He further explained that the length of this process is in line with other complicated zoning issues. Mr. Hepler reported he received information from Stan Komperda that the pre-construction phase for Sugar Creek One wind farm should begin in late 2013. This would be preceded by the permit phase. Nothing further to report.
Economic Development Partnership: Mr. Martin introduced Brian Bergen as Director of the Economic Development Partnership. Mr. Bergen expressed his happiness to be in Logan County and his desire to build on the good things already happening. Nothing further to report.
Road and Bridge: A motion was made by Mr. Carlton, seconded by Mr. Aylesworth, to approve LO 11-12 135 – Resolution for Logan County Construction Section 12-12143-00-BR in the amount of $52,628. Straw vote taken. Motion passed. A motion was made by Mr. Carlton, seconded by Mr. Bateman, to approve LO 11-12 136 – High Speed Rail Local Roads Engineering Review Agreement. Straw vote taken. Motion passed. A motion was made by Mr. Carlton, seconded by Mr. Anderson, to approve LO 11-12 137 – Bridge Inspection Agreement. Straw vote taken. Motion passed. Nothing further to report.
Main Street and Tourism: Mr. Anderson reported a new Director has been hired for Main Street Lincoln, but he is not able to share anything further about the selection at this point. Information about upcoming holidays will be provided as soon as it’s available. Nothing further to report.
Waste Management: Nothing to report.
Safety: Nothing to report.
Personnel: Mrs. Schumacher reported the committee recently approved a clear definition of retiree to be included in the manual for insurance purposes. A motion was made by Mrs. Schumacher, seconded by Mr. Ruben, to amend the personnel policy in regards to the definition of retiree. Straw vote taken. Motion passed. Nothing further to report.
County Board Chairman’s Report: Mr. Farmer reminded members of the Christmas parade on November 29th, before the Adjourned Board meeting. Arrangements will be made to prepare a float for participation in the parade. Mrs. Schumacher also reminded members of the County Board Christmas dinner on December 7th at 6:00 pm at Mr. Lincoln’s On the Green and the County Christmas luncheon for all employees on Monday, December 10th in the Jury room from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Nothing further to report.
A motion was made by Mr. Ruben, seconded by Mr. Bateman, to adjourn the meeting. Motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 7:40 pm.