The White County Board on Monday morning adopted a Second Amendment resolution stating its belief that the 100th Illinois General Assembly has proposed and considered legislation that would unconstitutionally infringe the individual right to keep and bear arms protected by the Second Amendment and demanding that the Illinois General Assembly cease further actions aimed at restricting the right of the People to keep and bear arms.
J.J. Wittenborn, of Williamson County, but also a White County landowner and a former State trooper made statements to the board regarding
The Board convened at 9 a.m. on Monday with all but one member present. Don Puckett arrived shortly. The board approved the minutes of the previous meeting and the payment of current bills.
County Engineer Brian Ray reported that an unexpected dump truck repair bill of $18,000 was coming in. He also said that sample road signs were being shipped for a final approval from the county. Ambulance Director Adam Allen reported a positive balance for that department of $14,092,97. Adam also informed the board that he has enrolled in paramedic school and will not be able to attend future evening meetings for some time.
The 9-1-1 board did not have a meeting last month as there as there was nothing to report.
The TB officer reported that there were no cases of TB in the County.
David Dosher read notes of thanks from Sen. Dale Righter and Rep. David Reis for the support from the board for the New Harmony bridge project.
Don Emling of Emling and Hoffman gave an overview of the 2017 County Audit. The auditor found improvement with the invoices from the sheriff ’s department; all were found this year. Some negative findings were: the fact that two bank accounts had blances over $250,000, which would leave some uninsured; deposits from the sheriff ’s department should be made weekly instead of monthly. He said this was an easy fix to do using Excel spreadsheet software. Emling stated that this has been brought up before. He also said that there was $40,000 in deposits that were made to the commissary fund (which is supposed to be inmates’ money), for which there were no records and which should rightly have gone to the treasurer’s office. Emling also asserted that the purchase of new vehicles should come through the board instead of using these funds. Checks requiring two signatures are only getting one. He questioned the fact that the banks would even run them through without the two signatures. The Board voted to keep Emling and Hoffman for audits for 2018, 2019 and 2020.
The Prevailing Wage Ordinance was approved. A new ordinance on zoning for solar energy farms was approved. A three member committee was appointed consisting of David Dosher, Wes Trout and Brian Ray.
The Regional Superintendent of Schools is resigning, effective June 30. His replacement will need to be ready to take office on July 1.
The board rescinded a resolution dated May 11, 2011 to increase the Sheriff’s fees and to allow those fees to be applied directly to the Sheriff’s expenses rather than being applied to the Sheriff’s income. The auditor stated they will no longer allow the income to be applied to his expenses as this is not acceptable accounting practices. Then they adopted a resolution to increase the Sheriff’s fees and make it retroactive to May 11, 2011.
The board gave its approval of a preliminary engineering agreement for Section 18- 07123-00- BR located in the SE SW of Section 8 Township 7 South Range 9 EAst, over Cane Creek on 325N. Again, the board gave its approval of a preliminary engineering agreement for In-House Box Culvert Project #2018-1-WC. A Culver replacement project crossing a Skillet Fork Tributary two miles East of Springerton in the SW SW of Section 18 Township 4 South Range 9 East.
The board then gave its approval of an ordinance to collect a cable television franchise fee.
The sale of real estate through the Trustee’s program on Parcel #05-21-164-002 to Casey Inman was approved.
There was no executive session. the next meeting is Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 7 p.m.