Supervisor of Assessments Terry Abell reported last night at the county board's May meeting that her office had received its tentative equalization factor of one, with the the public hearing scheduled for May 24. She stated that after the hearing, everything will be ready go to the County Clerk's office, which will move forward the mailing and collecting of the 2021 property taxes.
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The board gave its approval to:
- a sealed bid for repairs to the roof on the former Carmi Times building. There were no other bids, so the work was awarded to Tri-County Roofing. The approximate cost for the work is $50,000. Cassie Pigg voted no because she had not seen the bid.
- hiring an architect from Mt. Carmel to help with the construction process on the former Carmi Times building. McAnulty said the county plans to move all the county offices to the building. Cassie Pigg says she would like to see a comparison study done looking at repairing the courthouse compared to moving everything to the Carmi Times building. Clint Spencer stated there were quite a few issues with the courthouse. The board assured Pigg that the architect would be doing a comparison study and it would become available.
Ambulance Director Adam Allen reported that he had taken delivery of a second new ambulance, and the service is getting paperwork done, the licensing, inspections etc. Allen said the ambulance should be on the road by next week. He also reported a profit of just over $17,000 from last year.
The board also gave its approval to:
- using Bellwether LLC to handle the county’s budget;
- resolution to make the payment to Governmental Business Systems for the purchase of new election equipment from the ARPA funds;
- resolution for payment to U.S. Imaging for scanning the County Clerk's books from the APRA funds;
- resolution for payment of the purchase of two ambulances from the ARPA funds to pay the loan off. The county received $113,000 from insurance on the totaled ambulance. The resolution will pay both of them off;
- resolution for payment of the bill from Novacom for the purchase of new cameras to be paid out of the ARPA funds, replacing several old systems, and incorporating the cameras into one new system which would cover the jail and the courthouse for a cost of $195,910.00;
- the resolution to change the Sheriffs salary per the new state statute effective for December 1, 2022. The new law requires the Sheriff of non-home rule counties to be paid 80% of the State’s Attorney salary, of which the state will reimburse 66%. Sheriff Graves estimated the total salary amount would be approximately $128,000 per year
- an application for a permit to develop in a floodplain area;
- the resignation of Chip Judge from the White County Housing Authority Board, effective immediately;
- appointment of Brent Floyd of Norris City to fill the vacancy left by Chip Judge on the White County Housing Authority Board, effective immediately.
A decision on connecting the Courthouse to a generator was deferred for the time being. The jail has a generator the courthouse can hook up to. At the moment, when the power goes off, the courthouse is shut down. A decision to tie in to the old generator or purchase a separate one will be discussed later. Jakie Carter asks for an estimate on both options.
There was no executive session.
The next meeting will be June 13, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.
The meeting adjourned at 7:24 p.m.