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By Carissa Sitki
The Jersey County Board (JCB) met on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. where a vacancy on the Board, District 1, left by Ben Heitzig, was filled by David Crone.
Heitzig’s resignation was effective Dec. 1, 2021, and upon confirmation of appointment, Crone assumed Heitzig’s previously held committee assignments.
Since Heitzig was a Republican, his successor had to be a Republican as well. Crone was recommended by the Jersey County Republican Central Committee to fill the vacancy. Crone will serve the remainder of Heitzig’s term, which ends Dec. 1, 2022.
In other business, the Board approved the consolidation of several Jersey County voting precincts. A bill signed by Governor JB Pritzker increased precinct size from 800 voters to 1200 voters. The deadline for counties to get this accomplished is Jan. 14.
Jersey Precincts 6 and 7 will be consolidated to form the Jersey 6 Precinct, Jersey Precincts 8 and 9 will be consolidated to form the Jersey 7 Precinct, Jersey Precinct 10 will be renamed the Jersey 8 Precinct, and the Precincts of Quarry 1 and Quarry 2 will be consolidated to form Quarry Precinct.
Voters in these precincts already vote at the same polling locations. According to County Clerk Pam Warford, voters will receive informational notices and new voter registrations. “Nobody will see a change in their polling place,” she said.
Resolutions of Sympathy were extended to the family of Jerol “Jeri” Henerfouth, wife of former JCB member Ron Henerfouth; and to the family of Carolyn “Sue” Landon, wife of former JCB member and Chairman Howard Landon.
The Board approved the following appointments: Kelly Birdsong – reappointment to the ETSB with a term of January 1, 2022 thru December 31, 2024; Nick Manns – reappointment to the ETSB with a term of January 1, 2022 thru December 31, 2024; Steve Pohlman – reappointment to the ETSB with a term of January 1, 2022 thru December 31, 2024.
In other business, the Board approved: recommendations for a sewer line repair at the Administration Building which carries an estimated total cost of $6,200; resolution for State’s Attorney participation with Appellate Prosecutor Service for Jersey County, which provides legal services to the State’s Attorney’s Office— the service carries a fee of $7,000 this year, according to Board Chair Don Little, $1,000 less than the typical cost; and County Board meeting dates for 2022.
The Jersey County Board will meet again on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at 7 p.m.