Jan
22

Union County Board of Commissioners Agenda for January 23, 2015

UNION COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
AGENDA FOR
January 23, 2015 @ 8:30 am
Union County Courthouse Community Room

I. CALL MEETING TO ORDER

II. ROLL CALL

III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

IV. BUILDING PERMITS

V. COUNTY FINANCES DISTRIBUTION

VI. OLD BUSINESS

A. Executive Session: Pursuant to Open Meetings Act Sec. 2(c)(11)-pending litigation; 2(c)(2)-collective negotiating matters; 2(c)(1)-employees; 2(c)(5) and 2(c)(6)-real estate; 2(c)(7)-sale of securities

VII. NEW BUSINESS

A. Sun Shine Inn/ Southern Pride – Deann Crown

B. Union County Economic Development – Nina Lofton, Jim Farris, and Chris Boyd

C. Southernmost Tourism – Cindy Cain

D. Resolution to Eliminate Annual Senior Citizens Homestead Exception Renewal

VIII. COMMITTEE REPORTS

Richard Cunningham – Union County Economic Development, 911

Bobby Toler, Jr. – Shawnee Development Council

Dale Russell – Southern Seven Health Dept., Southern Five Regional Planning

Danny Hartline – Animal Control

Max Miller – Animal Control

IX. OTHER BUSINESS

X. PUBLIC COMMENTS

XI. ADJOURNMENT

Meeting dates are the second and fourth Friday of each month, unless noted.
Agenda items shall be received in the Union County Clerk’s office by Tuesday, before Friday’s meeting.

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Jan
19

Union County offices closed

Union County offices are closed January 19, 2015 to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Jan
16

Union County 911 Second In State To Go Live With Next Generation 9-1-1 System

JONESBORO—On January 14, 2015, Union County 911 joined a very small club of 9-1-1 systems in Illinois to go live with Next Generation 9-1-1 services.  In fact, they are only the second 911 system in the State of Illinois to meet this goal.

“This is a case where southern Illinois is really leading the state,” said Union County 911 Coordinator Jana Fear.  “With Jackson County going live with NG 9-1-1 in December 2014 and Union going live today, this is a great example of how small counties sometimes have the flexibility to move ahead of the larger ones.”

NG 9-1-1 provides for two major changes from conventional E911 services: the platform and the content.  The change in platform is from the data going over traditional copper lines to a dedicated, fiber-based IP network.  The change in content is that NG 9-1-1 has the ability to receive live text messaging, photos and streaming video from cell phones.

Don’t start texting 911 just yet, warns Fear.

“We have the capability to receive content like texts and video but it’s still up to the carriers to implement those features.  We’ve built the highway but it’s up to wireless carriers to get all the vehicles to utilize that highway.”

“It’s similar to when 9-1-1 centers first started implementing cell phones with 911 over a decade ago,” explained Fear.  “9-1-1 centers had the ability to receive location data from the cellular carriers but only if their towers were upgraded and able to provide us with that data.  In the same way, the way the cell phones make this happen is in their hands but as more NG systems go online there will be more incentive to start making the necessary upgrades.”

“How those upgrades will be used in emergency situations can be envisioned but is not yet completely known.  As technology advances, we can’t predict how they will be used,” said Fear.  “We can think of ways that pictures and videos will be important but it’s things we haven’t even thought of yet that may have the most impact.”

One of the largest potential impacts will be among the special needs populations, according to Fear.

“If you have a hearing impairment, you can’t just carry a TTY system around the way you can a cell phone so text messaging will be a huge benefit to you.  If you have a visual impairment, you might not be able to describe what is happening in an emergency but maybe you can stream video of the scene instead.  A person with very limited communications skills could use some sort of device to connect with 9-1-1 in a way that just hasn’t been possible before now.  The possibilities are endless.”

While conversion to NG 9-1-1 is a multimillion dollar project, costs to Union County residents has been limited to just over $74,000 thanks to the foresight of the Union County Emergency Telephone System Board.

“It would have cost a fortune for us to do this on our own as a county, just to run all the fiber alone,” said Fear.  “But when the grants were available Union County was a member of the Counties of Southern Illinois (CSI) and partnered with Clearwave and the State of Illinois to obtain BTOP grants to lay fiber within the CSI footprint.  The time was right to start moving this direction. Fortunately, our ETSB was thinking ahead five years ago when NG 9-1-1 was just getting off the ground.”

Union County 911 will keep county residents posted as further improvements take place.

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Jan
14

WSIU: Union County Emergency Care Upgraded

Great job by Ambulance Director Grant Capel on WSIU discussing upgrades to emergency services.

Click here to listen online.

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Jan
09

Union County Board of Commissioners Agenda for January 9, 2015

UNION COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
AGENDA FOR
January 9, 2015 @ 8:30 am
Union County Courthouse Community Room

I. CALL MEETING TO ORDER

II. ROLL CALL

III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

IV. BUILDING PERMITS

V. COUNTY FINANCES DISTRIBUTION

VI. OLD BUSINESS

A. Executive Session: Pursuant to Open Meetings Act Sec. 2(c)(11)-pending litigation; 2(c)(2)-collective negotiating matters; 2(c)(1)-employees; 2(c)(5) and 2(c)(6)-real estate; 2(c)(7)-sale of securities

B. Resolution Appointing a Board Member to the Sheriff’s Merit Board Appointment

C. Approval of Revised Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement for County Jail Services

D. Adoption of Revised Hotel/Motel Tax Ordinance & Committee Policy

E. Economic Development- CEO Program Participation

F. Municipal/County Integrated Dispatch

VII. NEW BUSINESS

A. Proposal to Create a Citizens Advisory Committee- Tabitha Tripp

B. Resolution Appointing a Board Member to the Southern Five Regional Planning District

C. Resolution Certifying Persons Required to File a Statement of Economic Interests

D. Resolution Appointing a Board Member to the Union County Emergency Telephone System Board

VIII. COMMITTEE REPORTS

Richard Cunningham – Union County Economic Development, 911

Bobby Toler, Jr. – Shawnee Development Council

Dale Russell – Southern Seven Health Dept., Southern Five Regional Planning

Danny Hartline – Animal Control

Max Miller – Animal Control

IX. OTHER BUSINESS

X. PUBLIC COMMENTS

XI. ADJOURNMENT

Meeting dates are the second and fourth Friday of each month, unless noted.
Agenda items shall be received in the Union County Clerk’s office by Tuesday, before Friday’s meeting.

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.unioncountyil.gov/?p=1452

Dec
29

Union County Receives $72,000 Grant Increase To Reduce Juvenile Crime

JONESBORO—Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds announced today that Union County’s Redeploy Illinois grant has been increased for the current fiscal year by $72,000 to a total of $311,000. The Redeploy Illinois program provides tested and proven services to at-risk youth to reduce juvenile crime and lower incarceration costs for taxpayers. The program is funded through a grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services.

The Redeploy program, administered through Union County government, currently serves Union, Jackson, Johnson, Massac, Pope and Saline Counties in the First Judicial Circuit. The program operates using a three-prong model. The first prong is to stabilize the youth safely in the community so that services may be provided. GPS ankle monitors with 24-hour surveillance capabilities are utilized for this purpose and are funded by the Redeploy grant.

The second prong is assessment and case planning. Redeploy acts as a hub where assessments and case plans created by probation officers and service providers are centralized, and ongoing data is recorded both to measure the effectiveness of the plan for the individual youth and to track trend data to measure the effectiveness of the program as a whole.

The third prong is the actual provision of services. Redeploy keeps a centralized, ever-evolving list of services available in the participating counties, and funds transportation of youth to services that are determined to be appropriate based on the youth’s assessment results. Redeploy also funds the First Circuit’s Multisystemic Therapy (“MST”) program, provided by Caritas Family Solutions. MST is an evidence-based in-home treatment that focuses on the entire ecology surrounding the youth, and equips caregivers with skills to engage that ecology and the youth in ways proven to reduce juvenile recidivism. MST is a multi-national program, and is considered by many to be the gold standard for reducing criminal behavior in delinquent youth.

The Redeploy program has also been instrumental in the creation of the First Circuit Juvenile Justice Council. While Redeploy is designed to target youth with the highest risk of further criminal behavior and commitment to the juvenile prison system, the Juvenile Justice Council provides a forum for community stakeholders to come together to look at the entire spectrum of services for youth in each county. The council assists the counties in developing services that target the community’s individual needs.

To date, the Redeploy program has seen encouraging outcomes among youth served. Of the twenty youth who have received services, only three have been re-arrested, and only those three have been committed to IDJJ. Of the four Union County youth to receive Redeploy services, there have been zero re-arrests and zero commitments to IDJJ.

“Working proactively to reduce juvenile crime makes our communities safer and saves taxpayer money” Edmonds stated. “The Redeploy program has seen great results in Union County and I am hopeful that the increase in funding will keep more kids on the right track and off of a path straight to the adult criminal system.”

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Permanent link to this article: http://blog.unioncountyil.gov/?p=1438

Dec
19

Union County Board of Commissioners Agenda for December 23, 2014

UNION COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
AGENDA FOR
December 23, 2014 @ 8:30 am
Union County Courthouse Community Room

I. CALL MEETING TO ORDER

II. ROLL CALL

III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

IV. BUILDING PERMITS

V. COUNTY FINANCES DISTRIBUTION

VI. OLD BUSINESS

A.  Executive Session: Pursuant to Open Meetings Act Sec. 2(c)(11)-pending litigation; 2(c)(2)-collective   negotiating matters; 2(c)(1)-employees; 2(c)(5) and 2(c)(6)-real estate; 2(c)(7)-sale of securities

VII. NEW BUSINESS

A.  Leonard Smith – Tanner Lane

B.  Merit Board Appointment

C.  Approval of Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement County Jail Services

D.  Municipal/County Integrated Dispatch

E.  Resolution Approving 2015 Holiday Schedule

F.  Adoption of 2015 Union County Board of Commissioner’s Meeting Dates

G.  Union County CEO Program Updates – Darren Bailey

H.  2014 Budget Transfer Amendment

I.  Approval for Retainer Agreement with Gilbert, Huffman, Prosser, Heusson & Barke, LTD.

VIII. COMMITTEE REPORTS

Richard Cunningham – Union County Economic Development, 911

Bobby Toler, Jr. – Shawnee Development Council

Dale Russell – Southern Seven Health Dept., Southern Five Regional Planning

Danny Hartline – Animal Control

Max Miller – Animal Control

IX. OTHER BUSINESS

X. PUBLIC COMMENTS

XI. ADJOURNMENT

Meeting dates are the second and fourth Friday of each month, unless noted.
Agenda items shall be received in the Union County Clerk’s office by Tuesday, before Friday’s meeting.

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.unioncountyil.gov/?p=1429

Dec
11

Union County Board of Commissioners Agenda for December 12, 2014

UNION COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
AGENDA FOR
December 12, 2014 @ 8:30 am
Union County Courthouse Community Room

I. CALL MEETING TO ORDER

II. ROLL CALL

III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

IV. BUILDING PERMITS

V. COUNTY FINANCES DISTRIBUTION

VI. OLD BUSINESS

A.  Executive Session: Pursuant to Open Meetings Act Sec. 2(c)(11)-pending litigation; 2(c)(2)-collective   negotiating matters; 2(c)(1)-employees; 2(c)(5) and 2(c)(6)-real estate; 2(c)(7)-sale of securities

VII. NEW BUSINESS

A.  Resolution Supporting Continued Operations of the State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor

B.  Hotel Operators’ Occupancy Tax Ordinance

C.  Appoint Bobby Toler, Jr. to Shawnee Development Council

VIII. COMMITTEE REPORTS

Don Denny – Union County Economic Development, Shawnee Development Council

Dale Russell – Southern Seven Health Dept., Southern Five Regional Planning

Danny Hartline – Animal Control

Max Miller – Animal Control

Richard Cunningham – Union County Economic Development, 911

IX. OTHER BUSINESS

X. PUBLIC COMMENTS

XI. ADJOURNMENT

Meeting dates are the second and fourth Friday of each month, unless noted.
Agenda items shall be received in the Union County Clerk’s office by Tuesday, before Friday’s meeting.

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Dec
01

Union County Board of Commissioners Agenda for December 2, 2014

UNION COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
AGENDA FOR
December 2, 2014 @ 8:30 am
Union County Courthouse Community Room

I. CALL MEETING TO ORDER

II. ROLL CALL

III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

IV. BUILDING PERMITS

V. COUNTY FINANCES DISTRIBUTION

VI. OLD BUSINESS

A.  Executive Session: Pursuant to Open Meetings Act Sec. 2(c)(11)-pending litigation; 2(c)(2)-collective   negotiating matters; 2(c)(1)-employees; 2(c)(5) and 2(c)(6)-real estate; 2(c)(7)-sale of securities

VII. NEW BUSINESS

A.  Re-organization of the County Board

B.  Circuit Clerk Lorraine Moreland – Employees

C.  Annual Budget for the Fiscal Year Commencing on December 1, 2014 and Ending on November 30, 2015

D.  Appropriations Ordinance For the Fiscal Year Commencing on December 1, 2014 and Ending on November 30, 2015

E.  Resolution Setting Certain Property Tax Levies for the Fiscal Year Commencing on December 1, 2014 and Ending on November 30, 2015

F.  Resolution Abating Certain Property Taxes

VIII. COMMITTEE REPORTS

Don Denny – Union County Economic Development, Shawnee Development Council

Dale Russell – Southern Seven Health Dept., Southern Five Regional Planning

Danny Hartline – Animal Control

Max Miller – Animal Control

Richard Cunningham – Union County Economic Development, 911

IX. OTHER BUSINESS

X. PUBLIC COMMENTS

XI. ADJOURNMENT

Meeting dates are the second and fourth Friday of each month, unless noted.
Agenda items shall be received in the Union County Clerk’s office by Tuesday, before Friday’s meeting.

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.unioncountyil.gov/?p=1404

Nov
26

Union County Board of Commissioners Agenda for November 26, 2014

UNION COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
AGENDA FOR
November 26, 2014 @ 8:30 am
Union County Courthouse Community Room

I. CALL MEETING TO ORDER

II. ROLL CALL

III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

IV. BUILDING PERMITS

V. COUNTY FINANCES DISTRIBUTION

VI. OLD BUSINESS

A.  Executive Session: Pursuant to Open Meetings Act Sec. 2(c)(11)-pending litigation; 2(c)(2)-collective   negotiating matters; 2(c)(1)-employees; 2(c)(5) and 2(c)(6)-real estate; 2(c)(7)-sale of securities

B.  Budgets

VII. NEW BUSINESS

A.  County MET Supplemental Resolution 05-00094-00-RS

B.  County MFT Supplemental Resolution 06-00097-00-BR

C.  2015 County MFT Resolution

D.  County Engineer’s Salary Resolution

E.  Animal Control Inter-governmental Agreement

F.  SIEG Agent Inter-governmental Agreement

VIII. COMMITTEE REPORTS

Don Denny – Union County Economic Development, Shawnee Development Council

Dale Russell – Southern Seven Health Dept., Southern Five Regional Planning

Danny Hartline – Animal Control

Max Miller – Animal Control

Richard Cunningham – Union County Economic Development, 911

IX. OTHER BUSINESS

X. PUBLIC COMMENTS

XI. ADJOURNMENT

Meeting dates are the second and fourth Friday of each month, unless noted.
Agenda items shall be received in the Union County Clerk’s office by Tuesday, before Friday’s meeting.

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