Iroquois County Board accepts bids for lawn care, garbage hauling

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Board voted during its Feb. 13 meeting to accept the lawn care bid from Halls Lawn and Garden for $8,600 per season.

Board members Jed Whitlow, Donna Wasmer and Adam Zumwalt were absent. Other bids were from Trents Lawn Care for $11,940.

The board also approved a bid from Kankakee A&J Disposal for county garbage pickup at the rate of $270 per month. The bid includes a four- and six-yard container twice a week. Other bids submitted were from Boomgarden Trash Haul for $500 a month and Allied Waste for $291 a month. Allied Waste currently services the county.

In other business:

— Board member Dale Schultz voiced his concern to the board about the appointment to replace a District 1 county board vacancy. Schultz said he had no problem with the appointed member, only with the process which allowed no input from the voters of District 1. The member appointed actually lived in District 2, Schultz said. Schultz said 43 percent of the Republican precinct committeemen in Iroquois County reside and vote in District 2. Schultz said he is not accusing anyone of doing anything against the rules. “We need to get off our duffs and get a precinct committee person in our local precinct,” he said. Copas’ response was that all rules were followed 100 percent. The state’s attorney agreed.

— The roof issue at the Administrative Center in Watseka was discussed with Firestone stating that the roof is still in good shape but is just loose. There are six years remaining on the warranty. Firestone recommended applying roofing bars on the roof.

— The board approved advertising for the sale of the county’s lawn mowers and to put them up for bids since the county has outsourced its lawn services.

— The board authorized State’s Attorney Jim Devine to review the recapture strategy on file for the revolving loan fund. The county is not able to loan money at this time.

— Board Chairman Copas said he had received a letter on behalf of a coalition of public entities that was formed for the purpose of protecting the Mahomet Aquifer from contamination. The letter asked for financial support pertaining to this. Copas said a resolution was sent back to the coalition, but at this time the county was not providing funding.

— Copas, board Vice Chairman Kyle Anderson and Finance Director Anita Speckman said they attended the United Counties Council of Illinois meeting in Springfield on Jan. 12. UCCI provides training, consulting and legal assistance to county boards in Illinois.

— County Treasurer Mindy Kuntz Hagan distributed information to the finance committee on updating the postage machine at the Administrative Center. She said the current one is about 15 years old. A new machine, demonstrated to her by the postage machine company Neopost, would result in saving about $40 per year.

— Ken Barragree, executive director of the Iroquois Economic Development Association, addressed the board about IEDA’s activities. The IEDA is not a county office but is funded in part by the county, he said. The group is in charge of trying to gain and retain jobs in the county. Barragree said the group works diligently to make Iroquois County a better place to live, work and raise their families.

— John Birch introduced himself to the board as a candidate running for mayor of Watseka.

— County Clerk Lisa Fancher said the state has under-funded election judge reimbursement. At this time it appears the shortage for the November 2012 election will be about $2,662, she said. Also, at this time there is no funding for the April 2013 consolidated election, Fancher said. But Fancher said it is possible an additional appropriation will be made.

— Fancher also reported her office is gettting a new microfiche reader/printer. Training for the new machine is being provided. The old machine is not running well and will not work with the office’s new operating system.

— The board voted to disband the Regional Planning Commission. It was stated that the dissolution of the commission was in the best interest of the county, to remove any legal responsibility to the county. Zoning Administrator Gloria Schleef said there has not been a meeting of the commission for over two years and there is only one member currently appointed to it.

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