Visitor Stan Hill of Norris City brought information to the county board on Tuesday night about $116 million in Federal funds that had been released for rural broadband in southern Illinois. Only problem was, White County wasn’t one of the counties listed as receiving any of it. Gallatin, Hardin, Johnson, Pope and Saline Counties were the areas cited as the ones to receive broadband improvements over the next decade, and that work has already started. [Read more...]
White County Ambulance Director Adam Allen reported that the ambulance service had finished the year with a balance of $25,000.00, which was a very good end-of-the-year amount for the ambulance service. He stated the crew has been staying busy and the service will continue to move forward.
The White County Board on Tuesday night addressed a question about the recent sharp increase in dispatch fees that had been assessed on the village of Norris City. Kathy Sands of the The Villagers’ Voice asked the board if they could explain why the rate had increased 46% on the village. Others on Facebook had been asking the same thing.
Attempting to balance costs with the fact that the lower bids didn't offer nearly enough coverage on the county's buildings, the White County board split their vote on Tuesday night, but in the end, in a 3-2 vote, they accepted Snedeker's bid of $218,000 on the county's liability and property insurance needs.
The White County Board voted on Tuesday night to ban the sale of recreational cannabis in the unincorporated parts of White County, but also approved establishing a tax of 3% in the county on cannabis businesses in municipalities who do allow sales. Only one municipality so far has voted to allow the activity, with Norris City and Enfield voting no.