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By Caitlin R. King
The Jersey County Board held their monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 13, at 7 p.m., where they addressed a variety of issues facing the county.
After the approval of the previous month’s minutes, the board’s first order of business was to approve the 2021 audit report of the county done by Scheffel-Boyle that was presented to the board in June.
The board then held a resolution of sympathy for the family of Michelle Koenig, who was the daughter of the late Gary Koenig, who was a former member of the Jersey County Board.
The board also approved a resolution for a road closure in Chautauqua for a community fireworks display to be held on July 30.
The Liquor Control Committee, led by Chairman Don Little reported two requests for special event liquor licensing. The first request was for Alton Memorial Hospital’s annual fundraising at Nilo Farms on September 10. The second request was for St. Mary’s Church Picnic in Fieldon on August 20 and 21. The board unanimously approved these requests.
The finance committee, also presented by Chairman Little, reported three items to the board. The first was a resolution to set the salary of the county’s Chief Public Defender to be 90 percent of the county’s States Attorney’s salary. Two-thirds of the public defender’s salary will be reimbursed by the state. This resolution was approved.
The second item was to address clarifying changes made to the 2021 Jersey County Tax rate tables as developed by the Supervisor of Assessments. The third item was recommendations for expenditures and transfers of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. Both of these resolutions were approved.
During the Chairman’s report, the board also voted to form “an ad hoc committee for the purpose of drafting a replacement intergovernmental agreement between the Jersey County Board, Jersey County 911 ETSB and the Jersey County Sheriff,” Little said.
The committee will consist of Chairman Little, Vice-Chairman Gary Krueger, the Chair of the County Serves and Public Safety Committee, three ETSB members and Sheriff Mike Ringhausen. The current committee agreement expires in November.
The board then went into closed session, pursuant to state statute, with the purpose of discussing pending litigation.
Once the board returned from closed session, the board addressed two additional items.
The first item was in regards to the Supervisor of Assessments proposal to the state on the assessment process. The state rejected the proposal, on the basis that English and Richwood Townships be included in the existing multi-township of Otter Creek and Rosedale. The merger would be purely for assessment purposes. The board will discuss the matter further with the townships’ leaders.
The final item the board discussed was the possibility to replace the carpeting within the Veterans Assistance Commission office and a portion of the Probation office in the Courthouse basement due to a plumbing issue. The board will discuss the matter further with the Building and Grounds Committee.
The County Board meets on the second Tuesday of each Month at 7 p.m. at the Jersey County Administrative Building, which can be found at 200 N Lafayette St. in Jerseyville. Next month’s meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 9, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. More information can be found on their website, jerseycountyclerk-il.gov/county-board.