Monroe County Board of County Commissioners met Oct. 21.
Here is the minutes provided by the board:
The meeting of the Board of County Commissioners of Monroe County, Illinois was called to order at 9:15 a.m. Chairman Robert Elmore, Commissioner Vicki Koerber and Commissioner Schultheis were present.
Others present included County Clerk Jonathan McLean, Sheila Wetzler, along with Press Corps representative Alan Dooley of the Waterloo Republic Times and Joe Leicht of the Monroe County Independent.
The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Roll call was taken by County Clerk Jonathan McLean. There being a quorum present, the meeting was called to order by Chairman Elmore.
Chairman Elmore asked for public comment. Pay Kelly stated that the County Clerk was not correct about the posting of prevailing wage rates. County Clerk Jonathan McLean spoke up and said that the requirement to pass a prevailing wage ordinance is no longer required. Pat Kelly said that he also has difficulty hearing Deputy Circuit Clerk Brenda Hempen when she presents the monthly Circuit Clerk report.
County Engineer Aaron Metzger came before the Board to discuss the County speed limit rules and procedures. Mr. Metzger said that the County has always followed IDOT suggested speed limit policies. State’s Attorney Chris Hitzemann said that he believes the County should formally adopt a written policy. There was a short discussion about traffic on country club lane in Waterloo. Sheriff Rohlfing said that traffic has increased on country club lane due to development. There was discussion about lowering the speed limit. Mr. Metzger said he will draft a speed limit ordinance, with the assistance of the State’s Attorney, and bring it to the next meeting. Regarding country club lane, Mr. Metzger will conduct a speed study.
Under miscellaneous items, Mr. Metzger advised that bridge work on Levee Road has been delayed due to high water. He also said that resurfacing on Bluff Road at Fountain Gap has been completed. They are just waiting on striping.
The Board was presented with a list of Accounts Payable for approval.
The following Accounts Payable having been approved for payment, Commissioner Schultheis moved that the same be allowed and that vouchers be issued against their respective funds of the County Treasurer for payment. Second by Commissioner Koerber. All voting Aye. None Nay. None Absent. Motion carried.
ACCOUNTS PAYABLE OCTOBER 21, 2019
SORTED BY FUND
Bob Barker Company Inc 181.71
Butler Supply Inc 17.40
CASA of Southwestern Illinois 1,200.00
Celeste Korando 1,600.00
Coast to Coast Eq & Supplies, Inc 273.46
Columbia Quarry Company 11,764.75
Da-Com Digital Office Solutions 95.83
Daniel J. Cuneo Ph.D. 750.00
Dawn Goff 7.28
Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers 553.16
Ed Ahne 84.93
Fike & Fike Inc 13,609.00
Gateway FS 259.01
Gateway Industrial Power 873.81
Gilbert, Huffman, Prosser, Hewson & Barke, Ltd 1,227.82
Gillan Graphics 152.63
Harrisonville Telephone Company 648.00
Jaytech Inc 1,040.14
Jennifer Brown 124.97
JTC Petroleum Company 5,527.98
Kone Inc 5,520.00
Kyle Waddington 147.06
Leon Uniform Company Inc 254.91
Lisa Fallon 228.52
Monroe County Electric Co-Operative, Inc 437.50
Monroe County General Fund 3,600.00
Motorola Solutions, Inc 1,488.00
MPS Industries 1,645.65
Nabers Shop 83.99
NMS Labs 337.00
Oak Hill 9,588.00
Office Depot Inc 88.25
Platinum Technology Resource, LLC 18,760.00
Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc 360.00
Quality Collision Inc 3,785.11
Quill Corporation 114.55
Reliable Sanitation Service Inc 2,772.20
Richland Pet Cremation & Memorials 21.75
Security Envelope Company 373.49
Shelby’s Automotive Repair Inc 239.90
Sure Shine Auto Wash 2,290.96
Thomson Reuters-West Publishing Corp. 966.50
Toshiba Financial Services 125.44
TransUnion Risk and Alternative Data Solutions, Inc 135.00
Warner Communications Corp 130.00
Watson’s Office City 420.17
Aaron Metzger 247.24
Al’s Automotive Supply, Inc 227.07
Ameren Illinois 37.70
Aramark Uniform Services 1,812.28
Beelman Logistics LLC 6,677.28
Bret Langsdorf 86.50
Brian Kohler 200.00
Chris Howell 14.50
Coast to Coast Eq & Supplies, Inc 73.54
Dave Schmidt Truck Service 934.71
Decker Supply Co Inc 2,886.07
Gateway FS 48.75
Handling Systems Inc 416.00
Hartmann Turf & Tractor 149.14
Huels Oil Company 4,355.66
Monroe County Electric Co-Operative, Inc 654.11
Motorola Solutions, Inc 507.00
Nu-Deal Oil Company 589.68
O’Reilly Auto Parts 122.31
Quill Corporation 99.09
Reliable Sanitation Service Inc 53.15
Roger’s Redi-Mix Inc 228.00
Secretary of State 167.00
Warning Lites of Southern Illinois 5,046.50
FEDERAL AID FUND
Stutz Excavating 125,000.00
Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen Inc 1,545.75
ROAD DISTRICT BRIDGE FUND
LBH Farms 1,230.00
Neenah Foundry 2,973.33
Rhutasel and Associates Inc 2,960.00
COUNTY MOTOR FUEL TAX
Stutz Excavating 184,081.81
ROAD DISTRICT MOTOR FUEL TAX
Columbia Quarry Company 510.05
JTC Petroleum Company 27,178.80
Mississippi Lime Company 1,862.52
RECORDER’S DOCUMENT STORAGE FUND
Toshiba Financial Services 473.75
CIRCUIT CLERK DOCUMENT STORAGE FUND
Saltus Technologies 15,093.50
Warner Communications Corp 1,738.00
Marketicity LLC 810.00
AMBULANCE SERVICE FUND
Airgas USA, LLC 405.30
Andres Medical Billing, LTD 3,399.71
Athletico Physical Therapy 175.00
Bound Tree Medical LLC 468.83
Bulletproof IT, LLC 2,340.00
EA Medical LLC 681.00
Harres Home Furnishings & Appliances 1,200.00
Heros In Style 109.80
Motorola Solutions, Inc 396.00
Quality Collision Inc 359.18
S&W Healthcare Corporation 324.55
Stryker Sales Corporation 3,794.34
Tricare for Life 85.40
Weir Ford LLC 3,023.75
Wells Fargo Vendor Fin Serv 115.99
HEALTH TAX FUND
Coast to Coast Equipment 162.00
Harrisonville Telephone Company 359.12
Julie Valerius 350.00
Michelle Wottowa 337.50
Sanofi Pasteur Inc 326.98
Stericycle Inc 362.65
Commissioner Koerber made a motion to approve the October 10, 2019 payroll. Second by Commissioner Schultheis. All voting Aye. None Nay. None Absent. Motion carried.
Commissioner Schultheis made a motion to approve minutes from the September 16, 2019 Regular Board meeting, the September 30, 2019 Special Board meeting, and closed minutes from the September 30, 2029 Special Board meeting. Second by Commissioner Koerber. All voting Aye. None Nay. None Absent. Motion carried.
Chairman Elmore introduced a resolution to reappoint Dylan Doerr and Charlotte Hoock as Trustees to the Miles Cemetery Board to commence on November 1, 2019 and expire on October 30, 2022 or when a successor is appointed and has qualified. A motion to approve the resolution was made by Commissioner Koerber. Second by Commissioner Schultheis. All voting Aye. None Nay. None Absent. Motion carried. Resolution #19-108
Kim Keckritz and Rachel Giffhorn came before the Board to present the monthly Oak Hill Nursing Home report. There was discussion regarding a rate increase at the nursing home.
Mrs. Keckritz presented a list of bills and invoices for Board approval. Motion to approve the bills and invoices was made by Commissioner Koerber. Second by Commissioner Schultheis. All voting Aye. None Nay. None Absent. Motion carried.
Rachel Giffhorn presented the September 2019 nursing home compliance report.
Commissioner Koerber made a motion for the Board to go in to closed meeting for the purpose of discussing personnel. Second by Commissioner Schultheis. All voting Aye. None Nay. None Absent. Motion carried. Resolution #19-106
Meeting was closed at 9:56 a.m.
Commissioner Koerber made a motion for the Board to come out of closed meeting. Second by Commissioner Schultheis. All voting Aye. None Nay. None Absent. Motion carried. Resolution #19-107.
Meeting was open again at 10:22 a.m.
Chris Howell of the Monroe County Noxious Weed Committee came before the Board to get the Commissioners to sign a letter to the Illinois Department of Transportation expressing concern over noxious weeds along state highway right-of-way.
Commissioner Koerber said that the arboretum grant paperwork has been submitted and she is awaiting approval of the matching grant money for the courthouse tree project.
Chairman Elmore presented a resolution for the Office of the State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor. Commissioner Koerber made a motion to approve the resolution. Second by Commissioner Schultheis. All voting Aye. None Nay. None Absent. Motion carried. Resolution #19-105
Greg Meyer, Melinda Meyer came before the Board to discuss the rezoning of their property located on Centerville Road, Columbia, Illinois. Their attorney Timothy Gutknecht was also present. Mike Fausz, zoning administrator, and Chris Voelker, building inspector, were also present. The petition for rezoning of the property was denied by denied by the Planning Commission. The petition also did not receive enough votes to get approval at the Zoning Board of Appeals. The matter now comes before the Board of Commissioners.
Chairman Elmore asked for comments from the public regarding this matter. Robert Hawkins came before the Board to deliver comments regarding the zoning matter. His remarks are attached to these minutes as exhibit A. Laurie Johnson came before the Board to deliver comments regarding this matter. Her comments are attached to these minutes as exhibit B.
Chairman Elmore recognized Greg Meyer. Mr. Meyer presented a brochure regarding this property and his plans to host weddings and events. The brochure is attached to these minutes as exhibit C.
Chairman Elmore recognized Jerry Kirk who spoke regarding human waste estimates for this planned project.
Chairman Elmore recognized Kip Quevreaux who said that wedding venues are in high demand in the St. Louis area, especially on the Illinois side. He feels this facility would see a lot of demand.
Mike Fausz spoke regarding the environmental study results. He said that the big concern is the parking lot. It would be best if the parking lot was crushed rock or concrete. He also said that the building would still have to meet commercial code even though it was built for non-commercial purposes.
Commissioner Koerber said she has been to the property and she also sat in on the planning commission meeting. She made mention of another property with a wedding barn that came before the Board in the past and she asked Mr. Fausz if this property could qualify for a special use permit. Mr. Fausz said that there is no classification in our special use code for a wedding venue. The planning committee can revise their comprehensive plan and add wedding venue to special use. After that, the zoning board of appeals could grant a special use permit and the property would not be require to be rezoned. If it is sold, the special use permit would not be transferred.
Commissioner Koerber said she believes this matter needs to go back down to the planning commission and they need to add a special use for wedding venue.
Mr. Gutknecht expressed concern that the discussion should be on this particular wedding venue. Chris Voelker said that they have a site plan for the shed but not a commercial site plan.
Mrs. Elizabeth Kayser, attorney for Robert Hawkins, expressed concerns about procedure. She feels the public comments should have been after Mr. Meyer presented his plans to the Board. She expressed her thoughts that the Board should be concerned about the interests of property owners who own land around this property.
Commissioner Koerber made a motion to send the petition back to the planning commission. Second by Commissioner Elmore. All voting Aye. None Nay. None Absent. Motion carried.
Kelton Davis, Regional Superintendent of Schools, came before the Board to present his FY2020 budget.
Carla Heise came before the Board to approval of an agreement between Monroe County and Illinois Department of Public Health. Motion to approve by Commissioner Koerber. Second by Commissioner Schultheis. All voting Aye. None Nay. None Absent. Motion carried.
Commissioner Schultheis said that he will not be at the next meeting. He provided an update on his personal health issues to the Board and advised that he may miss several meetings.
Commissioner Schultheis left the meeting.
Khalen Dwyer, Columbia Capital, and Chuck Etwerk, Chief Supervisor of Construction and the Works, came before the Board to get approval from Monroe County to refinance bonds for the Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention District Council. The bonds were originally issued in 2010. The rate on 2010 A series is 4.25%. The rate on 2010 B series is 4.70%. The rate on the 2010 C series is 4.25%. The rate for the new bonds will be under 3% and the maturity date will still be 2035. Chuck said the savings by refinancing will be somewhere around $10M to $12M. The project should be completed in the next three to five years. Commissioner Koerber made a motion to approve the ordinance issuing the series 2020 bonds, as presented. Second by Commissioner Elmore. Commissioner Koerber and Chairman Elmore voting Aye. None Nay. Schultheis Absent. Motion carried. Ordinance #19-6
There being no further business to come before the Board, motion to adjourn was made by Commissioner Koerber. Second by Chairman Elmore. All voting Aye. None Nay. None Absent. Motion carried. Meeting was adjourned at 12:17 p.m.