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County OKs new computer equipment for elections

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By Rich Bauer, Managing Editor

About five months before the next election, Fayette County is getting a much-needed upgrade to equipment used for elections.
The county board approved on Tuesday an agreement with Platinum Technology Resource for that equipment.
Through the five-year, $60,415 contract, the company will provide the county with new software for voter registration, according to Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun, the county’s election official.
That contract, Braun said, also includes two work stations, a scanner and a printer, replacing equipment that is basically worn out.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the board received the county’s annual audit report from Croxford and Co., an Alton CPA firm.
In presenting the report, Rod Croxford said, “I don’t see anything alarming.
He said that the county’s “net position is relatively close to what it was last year, and it shouldn’t change a lot.”
In fact, Croxford said, that figure has remained fairly constant over the past several years.
“There are some trends, but I don’t feel that they are alarming trends,” he said.
Board member Wade Wilhour asked whether Croxford saw an increase in expenditures from $4.4 million to $4.7 million as a trend, and while Croxford agreed that it is, but he said it is not one to be overly concerned about.
Croxford noted that the expenditures total two years ago was also $4.7 million.
Wilhour also spoke out when it came time for the board to approve the annual ordinance that stipulates that the county will pay prevailing wage rates on all of its construction projects.
“I know it’s state law,” Wilhour said, adding that he believes that counties should go together to fight the law that locks in what they have to pay project workers.
“I don’t want to be the only ‘no’ vote,” Wilhour said.
And he wasn’t. Also casting dissenting votes were Glenn Gurtner, Dean Bernhardt and Jeff Beckman, the board’s vice chairman who presided over Tuesday’s meeting in the absence of Chairman Steve Knebel.
Also on Tuesday:
• Braun reported that Joe Hill, Sharon Township supervisor, has invited the public to attend a presentation by representatives of the Township Officials of Illinois next month.
Township officials are being invited to that presentation “on how to conduct board meetings,” Braun said.
The gathering will beheld at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, at the KC Vandalia Campus on West Fillmore Street in Vandalia.
• The board approved an agreement with Grunloh Construction through which the Effingham company will put a new roof on the courthouse and jail complex.
The board approved Grunloh’s bid of $662,000 for the project in April.
• Fayette County Treasurer Rose Hoover reported that her office will be sending out this year’s tax bills on July 3.
The first installment of taxes will be due on Aug. 8, and the second installment will be due on Sept. 12.
• The board tabled several matters, including:
Bids on four vehicles offered for sale by the sheriff’s office.
The renewal of the liquor license for the Lake Club of Vandalia (Shrine Club.
The renewal of the county’s agreement with the Fayette County Health Department for a local Emergency Management Agency coordinator.
• The board approved the appointment of Phil Shumate of Farina to the Farina Fire Protection District for a three-year term. Shumate succeeds Paul Lash, who retired as a district trustee.
• The board approved three reappointments to the Fayette County Board of Health – Dawn McDaid of Greenville, Dr. Bradley Dunn of Vandalia and Darrell Schaal of rural Farina, the county board’s representative on the board of health.
McDaid and Dunn were reappointed for three years, and Schaal’s new term is one year.
• The board approved three reappointments to the Fayette County Hospital District Board – James E. Lay and Carol S. Price of Ramsey and Nancy L. Pryor of Brownstown. Each will serve a three-year term.
• The board approved the use of $3,000 in the county bridge fund for the repair of a bridge south of Hagarstown on County Road 475 East in Bear Grove Township.