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At the Feb. 13 Fayette County Board Meeting, County Clerk Jessica Barker thanked the department heads for their assistance in setting up the polling place in the courthouse lobby.
This method of voting is available for all voters in Fayette County, including new voters, who can register there. Hours are: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Saturday, March 9 and 16, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
All six of the items for vote on the consent agenda were approved:
• Resolution 2024-02-13-A, from the Fayette County Trustee, authorizing the cancellation of the Appropriate Certificates of Purchase for these parcels: 01-12-27-154-009, 08-21-32-404-004, 13-06-08-382-002, 13-06-17-278-004, 15-22-19-200-001, 18-14-16-381-018, 18-14-16-382-016, & 07-18-16-476-006.
“These are parcels of land that were sold through a sealed bid auction, due to delinquency status after the required amount of time and due process. Through the sale of these parcels, they will then be put back on the tax rolls.”
• Renewal of Liquor License for OB’s Place. (New ownership requires a new Liquor License).
• Ordinance 2024-02-13-A, revising the regulation and control of the sale of alcoholic liquor. If certain holidays or special events, such as Super Bowl Sunday, July 4, and New Year’s Eve fall on a Sunday, the extension of hours for serving alcohol were voted on annually. This ordinance makes a yearly vote unnecessary.
• Ordinance 2024-02-13-B, providing transportation for MTM, Modivcare and Medicaid recipients. Administrator John Althoff brought the Fayette County Board Report for the Shelbyville Grant and answered questions. The FY23 Grant amounts were $45,953 (federal) and $1,697,700 (state-max drawdown).
Central Illinois Public Transportation is the county contractor for the white vans used to provide rides for business, employment, shopping, medical, education, nutrition and other needs.
The units provided 11,066 rides in 2023. The grant also partnered with Effingham County Health Department and the ARISE grant to fund a new position for a specialized dispatcher to assist riders with coordinating medical appointments with the availability of transportation and with billing issues.
• Ordinance 2024-02-13-C, to OPT-OUT of Special Assessment Program Pursuant to Property Tax Code 35 ILCS 200/15-178.
• Agreement between Fayette County and the University of Illinois for Levy of $50,597. In the items continued from the finance committee consent agenda, these seven items were approved:
• Low bid of $159,197.50 from KAMEX (Kamadulski Excavating and Grading Company Inc.) for the Wren Lake Embankment Stabilization Project, Section 21-00130-00-MS. Wren Lake and its bridge are located on the Brownstown/Ramsey blacktop and are subject to heavy flooding. The river has moved about 50 feet.
• Resolution 2024-2-13-B, to appropriate Motor Fuel Tax funds for the Wren Lake Embankment Stabilization Project, Section 21-00130-00-MS.
• Resolution 2024-02-13-C, to use American Rescue Plan Act funds toward courthouse repair and office supplies.
• Sheriff’s office surplus vehicle, 2016 Ford Explorer #1FM5K8AT6GGB81142, to be sold by bids.
• Resolution 2024-02-13-D, ARPA request for county dispatch to purchase and install mini-split heat pump. The dispatchers’ department work area cannot maintain a warm working environment due to the age and layout of the courthouse and jail heating system.
• Inmate (jail) health care annual fee of $104,979.
• Resolution 2024-02-13-E, replacing Fayette County Sheriff Department firearms, an ARPA Resolution.
One item from the finance committee consent agenda regarding paid time-off update for the employee handbook was tabled until the March board meeting, due to the state legislature’s schedule for their update on this matter.
Under new business, board member Pat Click passed out to Board members an example of Effingham County’s Resolution No. 24-13 – “A resolution declaring that Effingham County will not spend or accept local tax dollars on the immigration crisis for migrants and/or asylum seekers entering Effingham County.”
A discussion followed about creating a similar ordinance for Fayette County on safety actions when a “migrant or asylum seeker” is stopped by the police.