Section of 800N between Melvin, Roberts to be resurfaced

PAXTON — The Ford County Board voted unanimously Monday to accept a $1.4 million bid from Iroquois Paving Corp. for the resurfacing of a 7.4-mile section of County Road 800 North, commonly known as Loda Lake Road.

The project would span from Illinois 115 in Wall Township south of Roberts to Illinois 54 in Dix Township south of Melvin.

The board also approved a Truck Access Route Program (TARP) agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), requiring IDOT to fund $708,200 of the project’s cost, with the Ford County Highway Department paying the remaining $762,490.

Other business
Also at Monday’s meeting:

— The board unanimously approved the appointment of Patricia A. Langland to a four-year term as supervisor of assessments, effective July 1. Her salary will be $53,000. Langland will be replacing the retiring Candace Short. Langland was the most qualified of the two applicants for the position, said board member Tom McQuinn, chairman of the board’s insurance/personnel committee, which interviewed both.

— The board approved a resolution formally appointing Amy Frederick as county clerk and recorder, effective June 6. The appointment runs through Nov. 30. Frederick replaces Linda Kellerhals, who retired effective June 3. Frederick will try to retain the seat in the Nov. 8 election, as she was chosen recently by the Ford County Republican Central Committee as the Republican nominee for county clerk and recorder in the upcoming election. She is unopposed.

— The board approved a resolution appointing Frederick as the county’s authorized agent to the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), allowing her to perform all duties related to the administration of the retirement system as requested by the IMRF and the county board.

— The board approved a list of election judges for Ford County. Earlier, political parties in the county presented their nominees for election judges who would serve through April 2018. Meanwhile, Frederick said about 10 more election judges are still needed, and anyone interested in serving as an election judge is asked to call her at 379-9400.

— The board voted 10-2, with board members Gene May of Paxton and Chase McCall of Gibson City voting “no,” to adopt a new employee health insurance contract with Insurance Providers Group, effective from July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017. The new contract calls for a 12.9 percent increase in premium rates. Sheriff Mark Doran and others said they were unaware of the rate increase and were frustrated that they were not told about it until the night of the meeting. Board member Tim Nuss of Roberts stressed that the board will make an effort to do a better job communicating with the employees of the county about such matters in the future.

— The board approved an agreement with the University of Illinois Extension. The agreement says that Ford County will levy its usual amount of $50,000 in property taxes on the Extension’s behalf this year, to help support the Extension’s operation. Prior to the agreement being approved, Ginger Boas, director of the Extension unit serving Ford, Iroquois, Champaign and Vermilion counties, outlined the finances of her Extension unit and its yearly activities.

— The board voted unanimously to approve a resolution stating that the Ford County Board reaffirms “In God We Trust” as the official motto of the U.S. and that it supports and encourages the public display of the national motto throughout the county.

— The board voted 10-2, with McQuinn and Chairman Randy Berger of Gibson City casting the lone dissenting votes, to reject a proposed resolution that would have required a department head to contact the sheriff ahead of time whenever an employee is to be fired. The sheriff would have been required to have a security guard or sheriff’s deputy in attendance during the firing procedure. Both Doran and State’s Attorney Randy Yedinak called the proposed measures unnecessary, adding that this could take away from deputies’ time patrolling.

— Board member Floyd “Bud” Otto Jr. of Roberts, chairman of the board’s highway committee, said his committee is looking at spending up to $122,000 to replace an aging front-end loader.

— The board scheduled a meeting of the board’s overview committee for 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, in the small courtroom at the Ford County Courthouse. During the meeting, the committee will review the minutes of executive sessions.

— Ford County Public Health Department Administrator Lana Sample said her agency remains financially “OK” and will be able to stay in operation for the rest of the year even if no more money arrives from the state. Sample said she is trying to cut costs anywhere she can, including by not filling two vacated positions.

— Eric Evans, chairman of the Ford County 911 Emergency Telephone System Board, said the 911 board has signed an agreement with Ludlow Cooperative Elevator Co., allowing the 911 board to mount radio equipment on Ludlow Co-op’s elevator in Piper City at no charge. Evans said doing so should eliminate some of the dispatching problems being experienced in that area.

— The sheriff said he is working to set up a date for the installation of lightning-suppressor equipment on the radio tower next to the courthouse.

— The board learned that someone is again interested in buying the 3 acres of county-owned farmland next to the Paxton Health Care & Rehab nursing home north of Paxton. The prospective buyer will be asked to submit a proposal.

— The board approved the re-appointment of Richard Gentes of rural Strawn as a trustee of the Sullivant Township Fire Protection District. Gentes’ term runs from May 2016 to May 2020.

— The board approved the re-appointment of Merle Jehle as a trustee of the Cullom Fire Protection District. Jehle’s term runs for three years.

— The board approved the re-appointment of Ronald Bork of Piper City to a two-year term on the Ford County Board of Review.

— The board met in closed session with Frederick and Chief Probation Officer Ellen Maxey to discuss specific employees.



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