Jackson County Legislative and Public Safety Committee hear site inspection reports
Jackson County Legislative and Public Safety Committee met Wednesday, Aug. 10.
The committee is responsible for reviewing all judicial actions affecting the by-laws of the county, and the general health and safety of the county.
Here are the minutes as provided by Jackson County:
LEGISLATIVE AND PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2016 4:30 PM
JACKSON COUNTY COURTHOUSE
Call to Order (4:33 PM)
Members Present: D. Bost, Erbes, Peterson and S. Bost
Members Absent: Larkin, Maxwell and Mueller
Also Present: Liz Hunter, Derek Misener, Kerri Gale, Miriam Link-Mullison
Approval of Minutes
I. 16-0588 July 13, 2016 Minutes
A motion was made by Erbes, seconded by S. Bost, to approve the July 13, 2016 minutes as presented. The motion carried by unanimous vote.
Health Department & Solid Waste
II. 16-0590 Solid Waste Enforcement
Ms. Gale informed the committee that eight inspections or field visits were conducted by Mr. Terry at open dumping/open burning sites; six were revisits to existing sites and two were new sites. One of the revisits resulted in closure due to compliance being achieved (approximately twenty cubic years of waste was removed from the environment). Three citizen complaints were received and one land fill inspection was completed.
III. 16-0591 Recycling Program
Ms. Gale reported that staff participated in the ILPSC statewide conference call and electronics subcommittee call. Additionally, she attended the Plastic Bag Forum at the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce. The Novolex company was the presenter, they manufacturer and recycle plastic bags. This company was invited by the Chamber in cooperation with the Carbondale City Council. The Health Department School Recycling Education Program will be registering schools starting in September for the 2016-2017 school year. Finally, Ms. Gale mentioned that Walgreens at 206 S. Wall Street in Carbondale now has a drug take back kiosk on-site. She gave the committee members a press release with more information about the program (it is attached to these minutes).
IEPA sponsored a tire collection for illegally dumped tires in municipalities and townships within Jackson County. Mr. Terry contacted all the municipalities and townships to notify them of the collection and worked with Jackson County Highway to be the drop-off location for the tires. IEPA picked up approximately 500 tires from Jackson County.
IV. 16-0592 Solid Waste Fund Update
Ms. Gale reviewed the solid waste fund update that was presented to the committee. Ms. Gale also mentioned that the counties DataLock contract will be ending soon and asked the committee if they would like her to begin working on renewing that contract. The committee discussed the issue and decided that they would like Ms. Gale to pursue a new contract with DataLock. This item will be on the September agenda.
V. 16-0589 Jackson County Health Department
Ms. Link-Mullison gave the committee an update on how the Health Department is doing as well as answer some questions from the committee members:
Solid Waste programming funding for FY16 is in line at the Comptrollers office to be paid and she is expecting to receive all the money they are owed.
The stop-gap bill has allowed the Health Department to get paid for somethings already and they expect to get almost all the money they are owed.
The FY17 budget has been submitted to the county, it is the smallest budget in 10 years. The budget is based on a 35 hour work week which the Health Department hopes to go back to.
The Health Department is on track to have a surplus at the end of the fiscal year and they plan to put that money back in the bank in case there are funding issues in the future
There is a prescription drug regional planning meeting on August 31st that they will be attending and they are encouraging people from a variety of professions to attend.
There will be a Disaster Risk Reduction conference on September 21 interested parties can contact the Health Department for more information.
VI. 16-0612 FY2017 Emergency Management Performance Grant
A motion was made by D. Bost, seconded by S. Bost, to approve the EMA Coordinator applying for the FY17 Emergency Management Performance Grant and authorize the Chairman to execute the grant agreement upon receipt. The motion carried by unanimous vote.
VII. 16-0593 Ambulance Monthly Claims
A motion was made by S. Bost, seconded by Erbes, to approve paying the Ambulance Department monthly claims in the amount of $23,681.35.
VIII. 16-0594 Ambulance Director's Report
1. Accounts Receivable Cash
2. Activity Report
Mr. Misener informed the committee that the Ambulance current accounts receivable cash is $230,138.26. This past month the Ambulance Department has 781 ambulance reports and 62 livery van transports.
IX. 16-0613 Verizon Wireless Fleet Telematics
A motion was made by S. Bost, seconded by Erbes, to approve the Ambulance Director to purchase the Verizon Wireless Fleet Telematics for the Ambulance fleet at a one time cost of
$1,102.30 and $219.50 a month. The motion carried by unanimous vote.
Zoning Subcommittee Update
Ms. Peterson informed the committee on what the Zoning Exploration Subcommittee has done at their past couple of meetings. She spoke about the speakers the subcommittee has been bringing in to help educate them and the community on how zoning affects different parts of the county. She also mentioned that the subcommittee discussed the possibility of the comprehensive plan for the county.
Mr. Dan Bost informed the committee about the Bike Path meeting he attended with Greater Egypt. Ms. Peterson complimented the work done by Greater Egypt on this and other projects as well as the time and effort of their Economic Developer Mr. Henson. Mr.
D. Bost explained a future path that is being considered and notified the committee that he will be attending another meeting on August 18 at 10am to learn more. Ms. Link-Mullison told the committee that there are a lot of new striping for bike paths in Carbondale and on September 10th there will be a grand opening of the new path and bridge near Murdale Shopping Center
The committee coordinator mentioned that next month the Murphysboro Apple Festival will be taking place during the meeting time and asked if the committee would like to move the meeting time. The committee discussed the idea and decided to leave the meeting time as scheduled.
Adjourn (5:36 PM)
Mr. Steven Bost moved and Mr. Dan Bost seconded to adjourn, motion carried.