Effingham County Board

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Published on July 16 2012 6:17 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Effingham County board members Monday agreed to put a resolution on the November ballot supporting an energy aggregation program for unincorporated portions of the county.

Supporters say purchasing energy as part of a group will mean lower utility costs.  Several municipalities in the area, including the City of Effingham, are considering similar aggregation votes in November.

The measure would affect Ameren customers, not co-op customers and if the measure passes and citizens like their current arrangement, they're eligible to opt out of the program.

County Board Chairman Carolyn Willenburg said a meeting is set for July 31 at 10am at the County Office Building for entities supporting the aggregation effort to discuss how to promote the effort and to discuss potential vendors for the project.

The Board Monday also approved a resolution supporting County Clerk Kerry Hirtzel's intervention in defense of the Illinois Marriage Act; approved a salary schedule for the coming year for non-union county employees; and approved contracts with Public Defender Lupita Thompson and the county's conflicts public defenders.  The Board also renewed a letter of understanding with Effingham County 911 so 911 can also use the county's IT Specialist, which will save 911 some money.

The Board approved a resolution of appreciation for Kate Weber of St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital for her 10 years of service on the county 911 board; approved a slate of election judges for the 2012-2014 term; and approved a $2,500 donation to the Effingham County Fair from hotel-motel funds to help defray security costs at this year's fair.

The Board approved a plat of a 10-lot residential subdivision to be developed on the southwest corner of Lake Sara Road and Safety Harbor Road; heard from County Health Department Administrator Kim Esker that she is working with the Fair Board on a permanent structure to serve as the department's home during Fair Week; and heard that the city and county have received proposals from nine vendors on a study of whether the 911 system could go from two to one PSAP point.

Effingham County Sheriff John Monnet reported that the communication bridge equipment designed to improve communication between various agencies could be in place by week's end.  Also, board member Larry Vahling reported that a new jet fuel tank is needed at the county airport and the hope is to get one acquired by month's end; board member Rob Arnold reported the Poor Farm Cemetery committee will meet Thursday and said work is progressing to where the site could be opened to the public by the end of the year; board member Dave Campbell said he is hoping for economic development help from the State to keep the Edgewood Food Center operating; and board member Jim Niemann, as this year's Elks Exalted Ruler, presented a $500 check from the Elks to the County to help defray the cost of lighting the Veterans Memorial on the lawn of the old Courthouse.