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Board approves ARPA fund uses

By Carissa Sitki

The Jersey County Board met last Tuesday, Oct. 11, for their regular monthly meeting, where they approved a resolution regarding uses of ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funds.

The resolution granted authorization to transfer $80,000 from ARPA to the Public Safety Sales Tax account, for the purpose of reimbursement for an expenditure to the Jersey Community Hospital (JCH) to contribute toward the purchase of two new ambulance units for the JCH fleet. 

Additional authorization was approved to transfer $12,288.59 from ARPA funds to the Public Safety Sales Tax line as a reimbursement for the purchase and of mobile radio units for the Brighton Betsy Ann Fire Protection District (BBAFPD) for improved communications.

According to Board Chairman Don Little, in total, Jersey County received $2,114,575 in 2021 and a like amount in 2022, for a total of $4,229,150 in ARPA funding. The county has utilized these funds for various other purposes related to the operations of the county, or as reimbursements, over the past few years, including: 

  • Transfer $250,000 to the Jersey County Circuit Clerk Court Documentation Fund for the purpose to engage a suitable vendor required to effectively and efficiently scan Jersey County Court documents for record retention purposes. To comply with the requirements related to the authorized use of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, a contract for services regarding court record retention shall be signed by the Circuit Clerk no later than Dec. 31, 2024, with ARPA origin funds transferred to Fund 033, expended for the total amount of $250,000 by Dec. 31, 2026;
  • An authorization to transfer $14,999.51 from ARPA funds to Public Safety Sales Tax line as a reimbursement for the purchase and installation of a “radio repeater system” for the Brighton Betsy Ann Fire Protection District (BBAFPD) to improve radio signal strength in the southern area of Jersey County served by the BBAFPD;
  • An authorization to transfer $1,148.72 from ARPA origin funds to the General Maintenance and Repair to Building line item for the purpose of reimbursement costs related to the purchase and installation of keyless digital locks for the States’ Attorney office;
  • An authorization to transfer $12,503.48 from the ARPA origin funds to the Court Traffic Fund as reimbursement to costs incurred regarding the purchase and installation of ceiling fans located in the second-floor main courtroom of the Jersey County Courthouse.

The full list of ARPA uses by Jersey County can be found in the online version of this article which can be viewed by visiting rivercountynews.com.

In other business, the board approved:

  • A resolution of sympathy for the family of Mary Kay LaHue, mother of Chris LaHue who is an employers of the Jersey County Highway Department;

  • Salary recommendation for the county engineer as $107,640 plus $3,000 for expenses. Board member Gary Krueger said that the salary may “sound like a lot,” but that it’s below the average and a “bargain;”

  • Purchase of video cameras for court house in the amount of $22,576.67 using Public Safety Sales Tax;

  • Purchase of radios for the jail in the amount of $2,108.70 using Public Safety Sales Tax;

  • Lot consolidation/vacation of part of Nellie’s Ridge, property owned by Ralph Paslay;

  • Tax abatement ordinances for General Obligation Bonds (Series 2021) for Fiscal Year 2023 and (Series 2016 for Fiscal Year 2023;

  • Tax Deed Resolutions for parcel number 04-432-002-00 and parcel number 07-332-003-00.

The Jersey County Board meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Their next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Additional ARPA fund uses:

  • Transfer $1,201.26 to Fund 001 of the County Clerk to reimburse expenditures fronted by the County Clerk for early voting center for network panel, wiring and phone installation;
  • Transfer $3,826.71 to Fund 001 to reimburse expenditures fronted by the County Clerk for installation of cables, server and security lighting at ballot box drop area for early voting center;
  • Transfer $7,510 to Fund 001 to reimburse expenditures fronted by the County Clerk for Annual IVRS (Illinois Voter Registration System) Network support and cybersecurity monitoring including 2FA, for voter registration system;
  • Transfer $1,135 to Fund 130 to reimburse expenditures fronted by the County Clerk for an additional PC for the Early Voting Center;
  • Transfer $3,000 to Fund 130 to reimburse expenditures fronted by the County Clerk for annual Fee Text-My-Gov software program for responding to text inquiries and sending text notifications (to election judges, for example);
  • Transfer $360.00 to Fund 001 for expenditures fronted by the County Clerk for Fee to create blueprints for election/voting center remodeling project;
  • Transfer $54,779.96 to Fund 130 to reimburse expenditures fronted by the County Clerk for Scan, import, and index land records dated 1919 to 1965 into recording software for use by staff and searchers. Purpose is for records to be preserved and readily accessible by staff, the public, and title searchers, in electronic format. (This project is currently in progress and payments are being made from the noted fund and line item*);
  • Transfer $75,905.20 to Fund 130 an advance for expenses related to the planned purposes of the County Clerk for Scan, import, and index land records dated 1839-1919 into recording software;
  • Transfer $51,054.00 to Fund 130 as an advance for expenses related to the planned purposes of the County Clerk for Scan voter registration cards for all active voters, for import into voter registration software;
  • Transfer $4,600 to Fund 130 as an advance for expenses related to the planned purposes of the County Clerk for replacement office chairs for both offices; additional office chair for voting center. The furniture will be acquired through Illinois Correctional Industries;
  • Transfer $7,189.00 to County Board for the purchase and installation of furniture and physical set up of work area by Williams Office Supply for the Board Secretary to provide for social distancing in the reception area;
  • Transfer $176,500.00 to Jail Line Item for the purpose of purchase, installation, and five-year warranty extension for TEK84 Whole Body Security Scanning System for use in safety of Correctional Offices and limiting liability issues by detecting attempted secreting of contraband by prisoners booked for intake to the Jersey County Jail facility;
  • Transfer $28,220.00 to Jail Line Item for the purchase of replacement of the “Detention Cell Surface Padding;”
  • Transfer $6,741.99 to Geographic Information Systems Fund to reimburse the amount fronted for the purchase of computers and monitors needed for GIS mapping;
  • Transfer $14,000.00 to General Maintenance and Repair to Bldgs for bid estimate regarding application of epoxy material for basement floor of the Courthouse;
  • Transfer $2,342.00 to the Public Safety Sales Tax Fund as a reimbursement of funds fronted for the purchase and installation of safety measure at stop sign located at the intersection of Otterville Road and Illinois Route 1;
  • Transfer $534.09 to the Public Safety Sales Tax Fund 108 as a reimbursement of funds fronted for the purchase and installation of a computer for video monitoring of the corrections area of the Jersey County Law Enforcement Center;
  • Transfer $13,911.10 to the Public Safety Sales Tax Fund 108 as a reimbursement of funds fronted for the purchase and installation of software upgrades for the jail doors as a matter of safety and security;
  • Transfer $5,981 to the Public Safety Sales Tax Fund 108 as a reimbursement of funds fronted for purchase of nine back-up batteries to power 911 dispatch services in the event of total power failure;
  • Transfer $10,414 to the Public Safety Sales Tax Fund 108 as a reimbursement of funds fronted for the purchase and installation of a generator transfer box for use in the 911 dispatch area;
  • Transfer $23,480 to the Public Safety Sales Tax Fund 108 as a reimbursement of funds fronted for the purchase and installation of a replacement intercom system for the Jersey County Law Enforcement Center;
  • Transfer $29,656.22 to the Public Safety Sales Tax Fund 108 as a reimbursement of funds fronted for purchase of four radios and repeaters for four Jersey Community Hospital ambulance units;
  • Transfer $172,066 to the Public Safety Sales Tax Fund 108 as a reimbursement of funds fronted for purchase of a backup generator for the Susnig Center in Jerseyville, Illinois for service as disaster (warming and cooling) center;
  • Transfer $78,590 to the Public Safety Sales Tax Fund 108 as a reimbursement for funds fronted for the purchase of backup generator for QEM firehouse located near Elsah, Illinois for service as disaster (warming and cooling) center;
  • Transfer $2,489 to the States’ Attorney for the purpose of purchasing a printer with scanning and fax capabilities from Williams Office Supplies for the Public Defender;
  • Transfer $1,551 to the States’ Attorney Line for the purpose of purchasing a printer with scanning and fax capabilities from Williams Office Supplies for use in the States’ Attorney’s Office;
  • Transfer $872 to the States’ Attorney Line for the purpose of purchasing a printer with scanning and fax capabilities from Williams Office Supplies for use in the States’ Attorney’s Office;
  • Transfer $1,100 to the Building Inspector – Code Enforcement for the purpose of reimbursement an amount fronted for the purchase of a mobile data computer and docking station in the County Code Administrator SUV with a 14 inch display that will support our current DevNet Property Characteristics software, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and the county’s GIS mapping system. The laptop must have Windows Capability with the option to operate on a battery with hot-swapping technology, 16 GB and a docking station for the laptop to be portable for field use. A cost estimate has been made with Technical Services at DevNet. The docking station is a separate cost, inquiries were made to the Supervisor of Assessments as to the vendor used to mount a laptop in their SUV. The vendor used is DataTronics of Godfrey, and a cost of $1,100 was paid;
  • Transfer $2,000.00 to the Building Inspector – Code Enforcement, Floodplain Fund 092, for the purpose of acquiring 10 new signs to be placed in vital areas of the county. Some of the signs will be used to replace existing damaged signs that cannot be renovated due to graffiti, while others will be placed in specific targeted areas. The signage will read “You Are Now Entering a Floodplain and Special Permitting is Required. Contact 618-498-5571”; and “NO DUMPING, PUNISHABLE BY LAW, To report illegal dumping call 1-217-557-8761 or 1-618-498-5571.” The office intends to utilize the Jersey County Highway as in the past. An estimate has been provided by the Highway Department per e-mail at $200 per sign which includes labor;
  • Transfer $249.23 to the Building Inspector – Code Enforcement for the purpose of acquiring a DigiRoller Plus III Measuring Wheel, Mfr. Model #6575, single wheel 39 17/64 in wheel circumference, 12.5 inch wheel diameter. $249.23 web price on Grainger web page;
  • Transfer $9,069.60 to Circuit Clerk Fund 033 (Court Documentation Fund to reimburse an expenditure to Saltus Technologies regarding Digi-Ticket licensing and related equipment;
  • Transfer $1,841 to Circuit Clerk Fund 033 (Court Documentation Fund to provide for a planned expenditure to Goodin Associates, Ltd. for a PC Jims Scrolling Lobby Docket system with related equipment and licensing;
  • Transfer $7,500 to Circuit Clerk Fund 033 (Court Documentation Fund) for the purpose of purchasing chairs for Circuit Clerk office personnel;
  • Transfer of $2,114,575 to the Jersey County General operating fund to provide for a subsequent transfer of like amount funds to the Bond and Interest fund for the purpose of bond payments on the recent courthouse and law enforcement center improvements.

Project expenditures – $1,162,409.66

Transferred or planned transfer to General Fund to free up funds for transfer to Bond Fund – $3,066,740.34

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