County Engineer Mitch Burdick brought a brace of resolutions before the county board, getting phase one, two, or three engineering contracts negotiated and approved for four different projects.
Negotiating a number of contracts together was more cost-effective and a more
efficient use of his time, Burdick told the board, than it would be to negotiate them individually.
There was a resolution approving Phase 3 engineering on the County Highway 23 resurfacing project, phase one and two engineering approved for both the Honeysuckle Road Bridge project in Lively Grove and the Locust Creek Bridge in Pilot Knob, and phase two engineering for the Jimtown Road bridge project in Plum Hill.
There was also a pair of resolutions approved appropriated township aid for two drainage projects in Pilot Knob.
Burdick also reported to the board that “BAM is in”, (bituminous material and oil), it was bid on earlier in the year, and his road crews have not completed one pass of mowing through the entire county.
Currently, the highway department is preparing for chipsealing. There are also still some repairs left to be made following the torrential rains earlier in the spring. Burdick said that next month, he will give the Board a report on the County highway 23 project.
State’s Attorney’s Report
“Three people went to prison this month,” State’s Attorney Dan Bronke told the board, “two for one year, and one for two-and-a-half years.
Bronke told the board about a bail reform bill that had just been signed into law by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. While Bronke said that much of the law was just interesting to lawyers, certain items that would have an
effect on Washington County included a provision that if someone is arrested and can’t make bail, after seven days they are to be brought before a judge to have the issue of their bail revisited.
Depending on the charge that someone is locked up on awaiting trial, there can also be credit earned towards bail, in the amount of up to $30 per day.
Bronke also reported the amounts of money that his office brought in from offenders for the month of May – $963 came into the State’s Attorney’s General Fund; $216.15 went into the State’s Attorney’s Drug Prevention Fund, and $404.20 went into the State’s Attorney’s Automation Fund.
County Clerk Nancy
Heseman’s office will be mailing out new voter cards; they are required to do so regularly by law. If a registered voter did not recently receive a new card, they should contact Heseman’s office to be sure they are in the system properly.
Vic Shubert presented the board the month’s report from the ambulance department, saying that, “everything is going well, but call volume is up significantly.”
The personnel board will be filling the slot left open by the late Dennis Cook on the South Central Transit Board with the appointment of John Shubert of Nashville.
The county board approved David Nierman’s appointment to the Washington County Hospital Board, to fill Victor Lopez’s unexpired term through April of 2018. With Nierman’s appointment, the hospital board now has eight of its nine seats filled. Nierman’s name was first mentioned at last month’s board meeting to allow public comment to the county board members, and has now been approved.
The county board approved the annual prevailing wage ordinance.
The board approved an ordinance establishing state-approved rules for reimbursement of all travel, meal and lodging expenses for officers and employees of Washington County.
This ordinance requires a roll call vote approval of all expenses above a certain rate for county employees and officers, and a roll call vote approval for any expenses for county board members.
“So someone in the state legislature got mad at a county board member and here we are,” joked board member Eric Brammeier. Brammeier stated that most of the items required in the ordinance were already being done in Washington County anyway.