FIRST BOND COUNTY BOARD MEETING OF 2009
The Bond County Board met for their first meeting in 2009. Representatives from ICIT, Illinois County Insurance Trust, were on hand to discuss insurance coverage, and to ask if the county board was planning to continue to be part of ICIT. The next fiscal year for ICIT starts on September 1 and they are trying to determine how many counties they will represent. At the start of the next fiscal year, the new ICIT rates will be tax exempt. The board was asked for a decision by February.
State's Attorney Chris Bauer was at the meeting to discuss two matters. The first was a request from Attorney David Oldfield for the issuance of a corrective quit claim on a deed regarding coal rights. The board approved the correction. The other matter involved approval to sign two easements, one concerning sewer and the other for all other utilities for the New Health Department Building. Both easements were approved.
The Sheriff's annual and semi-annual reports were approved.
A long discussion ended the meeting involving all Bond County Departments. County department heads were on hand to discuss the salary schedule for county employees. Many agreed with the schedules. Highway Engineer Mike McCormick had prepared a comparative spreadsheet showing how his employee's wages compared to those in three other counties. The Board was impressed with and appreciative of his research. More on this will be discussed in the upcoming meeting.
AREA BUSINESSES ASKED TO HELP OUT COMMUNITY PROJECT
The Kingsbury Park District's next project is a skate park. The beginning steps are underway. Donations have been made towards the project but the goal has not been met. We talked to Jerry Sauerwien from the Kingsbury Park District for details on how area business and residents can help. Letters have been sent out to many local businesses to offer an opportunity to have their business recognized on the skate park grounds. Depending on the donation size, your business could have its name or logo on the ramps of the park. There will be a public meeting Monday, January 19, at 6:00 PM, to inform businesses and residents of how they can contribute to the community project.
SIGN PETITION TO RECEIVE PHONE, TV AND INTERNET PACKAGE
The Smithboro Village Board held it regular monthly meeting this week.
Employee Ralph Jernigan submitted a letter of resignation from his part-time position with the Village. The Board accepted the resignation.
Mayor Moore sent a petition around for guests to sign asking AT&T to upgrade the phone system to allow residents the option for the Phone, TV and Internet package that is available in Greenville. Residents may contact the mayor if they want to add their name to the petition.