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By Carissa Sitki
The Calhoun County Board of Commissioners met for their regular monthly meeting on Monday evening, Aug. 15, where they presented signed permission for additions to the Calhoun County Law Enforcement Memorial (CCLEM) in front of the old courthouse in Hardin.
A representative on behalf of Project Citizen was present at the meeting to request a signed letter allowing for the addition of Charles B. Rose, Kampsville Marshall, Last Watch 10/14/1911 to the CCLEM. Other lines to be added to the memorial are, “In Memory of Calhoun County Chairperson Wanda (Dixon) Tepen; In Memory of Kampsville Mayor Redeye Schumann; and In Memory of Sheriff/Trooper Elmer Lehr.”
At present, the memorial reads, “John Lammy Sheriff Last Watch 9/25/1881; George Frederickson State Trooper Last Watch 9/1/1947; Brian Gibbons Chief Deputy Last Watch 6/11/2006.”
Along the bottom of the memorial it reads, “The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department, along with family and friends, remember these men with pride, their honesty, upright character, and their modest worth.”
The Project Citizen representative said she just needs something in writing which states that there is permission for the updates. She also noted that the updates won’t carry any cost, as they are being paid for with an anonymous donation
“This was already approved, we just need something signed that says it’s okay,” she said. “It won’t cost the county anything.”
Another law enforcement memorial update was carried out recently by Calhoun County Sheriff Bill Heffington and Greg Weishaupt who hung four IDOT Memorial road signs at the base of the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department sign. The memorial signs are for Sheriff John Lammy Memorial Highway, Kampsville Marshal Charles B. Rose Memorial Landing, Illinois State Trooper George L. Fredrickson Memorial Highway, Chief Deputy Brian K. Gibbons Memorial Highway.
“These men all have stories and they all deserve to be remembered because they gave the ultimate sacrifice,” said the Project Citizen representative. “This is something that has needed to be done, it’s just taken a long time.”
Later in the meeting, the board approved the installation of a fiber box for Illinois Electric Cooperative (IREC) along the west side of the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department. The cabinet will be about 36 inches deep in the ground with a cabinet on top, according to Kurtis Weber of IREC.
“We wanted this location because it’s the most central to the project and most protected,” said Weber.
Board Chairman Terry Woelfel asked Weber about the entire fiber project’s completion date, to which Weber responded that the whole project will be complete by April of 2025.
Another Board member asked if the entire county will be included and Weber responded, stating, “The deal with the county is that we’ll provide for everyone in the county and that hasn’t changed.”
Also attending the meeting was Ralph Jack Moses who brought bicycle safety concerns before the Board, relating to the recent Trailnet Ride event which took place in the County on July 31. Moses showed video footage of cyclists riding side by side. He also said he observed two groups of riders run stop signs and almost get hit by crossing traffic.
“It appears that most bicyclists have little respect for the Illinois Rules of the Road and for their own safety,” he said.
Moses said he interviewed four riders and those riders said they had not been briefed by Trailnet about Calhoun’s bicycle ordinance for riding single file. He said that if they fail to comply, they should not be allowed to hold events in Calhoun County.
“It’s not a matter of ‘if’ there will be a serious or fatal accident with the bicyclists— it’s ‘when.’”
Moses asked that the board contact Trailnet and request that they better educate participants about Calhoun’s bicycle ordinance and police their participants. Commissioner Kim Klaas said that instead of writing a letter to Trailnet, the committee that put the ordinance together should call them, citing a growing relationship between Calhoun and Trailnet.
“We could take advantage of these events as a county,” said Klaas. “Our county is beautiful and I think it’s great that people want to enjoy our views.”
Klaas said that it would be impossible for Trailnet to ensure that every rider follows the ordinance and that the county must account for “human error.”
The next Trailnet ride in the county is planned for Oct. 1 of this year.
Zoning and Planning Board members were discussed. Woelfel said that there are a few interested in joining the respective boards, but that there are still openings.
“If there is anyone wanting to join the Zoning or Planning Boards, let the county know,” said Woelfel.
Moses spoke up, stating that he would join one of the boards— he was placed on the Zoning Board. Woelfel thanked Moses for his interest.
In other business, the board approved:
■ Fiscal Year 2022/2023 Budget Spending Appropriation Approval;
■ Flood buyout amendment;
■ Highway Bills, MFT Resolutions, and fuel quotes;
■ Election judges for Fiscal Year 2022-2024.
Several items were discussed and tabled by the board to be discussed at a later date, including the courthouse elevator addition expense, port authority, and TriCounty Transit rent increase at the Susnig Center.
Finally, the board went into closed session. Upon their return, they approved the Salary Schedule for the following positions for the new budget year (Sept. 2022- Aug. 31, 2023):
■ Chief deputy county clerk at $15.25 per hour;
■ Deputy county clerk, part-time, at $15.75 per hour;
■ Chief deputy circuit clerk at $17 per hour;
■ Chief deputy supervisor of assessments at $16 per hour;
■ Deputy supervisor of assessment at $14.60 per hour;
■ Chief deputy treasurer at $16.75 per hour;
■ Chief deputy states attorney at $16.90 per hour;
■ County highway office manager at $17.85 per hour.
The Calhoun County Board of Commissioners meet on the third Monday of the month at 5 p.m. at the Calhoun County building in Hardin.