Sep
01

Union County Highway Engineer: State’s Motor Fuel Tax Payment Needs Resumed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Union County Highway Engineer: State’s Motor Fuel Tax Payment Needs Resumed

SPRINGFIELD—The State’s budget battle is catching many county programs in the crossfire.  For less populated, more rural counties like Union County, delays of Motor Fuel Tax payments could leave county roads in very poor shape going into the winter season.

On August 25, 2015, Union County Highway Engineer Kevin Grammer and Johnson County Highway Engineer Steve Kelley joined representatives of Chicago and Macomb in Springfield to address the Illinois House of Representatives’ Committee of the Whole on the impact this will have on local agencies and residents.

“With 70% of the transportation system in Illinois being locally maintained, delays in MFT payments will rapidly impact the average Illinoisan,” said Grammer.  “Many local agencies are reducing and eliminating pavement maintenance.  Salt purchases for winter weather are also being reduced or eliminated.  This is the time of year for a lot of construction projects that are now being delayed or canceled.   No matter where you live, if you are using locally maintained roads you are going to be hit by this.”

Grammer has not yet had to lay off any employees but says many agencies have and it’s only a matter of time before Union County has to follow suit.

“MFT funds and property taxes fund our day-to-day operations.  Our tax levy can cover the cost of some of our personnel but obviously not all of them,” explained Grammer.

The way the Motor Fuel Tax works is that for every gallon of fuel purchased in Illinois, between 19 cents and 21.5 cents is collected by vendors and sent to the State.  From there, the Illinois Department of Transportation distributes those funds out to local agencies such as the Union County Highway Department.  However, those distributions aren’t made with the State budget up in the air.

“Without a budget in place, we haven’t received our allotment since July 1,” added Grammer.  “We’ve also been told by the Illinois Association of County Engineers that Needy County, Consolidated County and Township Bridge Program payments will also be held until the budget is resolved.”

Grammer urges anyone concerned about local transportation funding to contact their legislators and encourage them to support restoring funding immediately.

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Permanent link to this article: http://blog.unioncountyil.gov/?p=1649

Aug
28

Union County CIO – Annual Report

The Union County CIO has posted his Annual Report.

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.unioncountyil.gov/?p=1646

Aug
27

Union County Board of Commissioners Agenda for August 28, 2015

UNION COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
AGENDA FOR
August 28, 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. Approve Payment of Bills Report

B. U of I Extension Budget Request – Jody Johnson

C. Blue Cross Blue Shield Renewal – Byron Dodd

D. Approval of Biathlon Tourism Request

E. Approval of 457 Plan for Union County Employees

F. Resolution on Redemption of Union County Trustee

G. CIO Annual Report – Rollie Hawk

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=1643

Aug
20

Union County Board of Commissioners Agenda for August 21, 2015

UNION COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
AGENDA FOR
August 21, 2015 @ 1:30 pm
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)(2)-collective negotiating matters;

VII. NEW BUSINESS

A. Approval of Collective Bargaining Agreements:

a. Union County State’s Attorney’s Office and The Laborers’ International Union of North America, the Southern and Central Illinois Laborers’ District Council and Laborers’ Local Union 773;

b. Union County Sheriff’s Office Courthouse Custodians and The Laborers’ International Union of North America, the Southern and Central Illinois Laborers’ District Council and Laborers’ Local Union 773;

c. Union County Treasurer’s Office and The Laborers’ International Union of North America, the Southern and Central Illinois Laborers’ District Council and Laborers’ Local Union 773.

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=1639

Aug
12

Union County Board of Commissioners Agenda for August 14, 2015

UNION COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
AGENDA FOR
August 14, 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. Approve Payment of Bills Report

B. Adoption of Revisions to the Ambulance Service Rate Table

C. Delegation of Authority for Revolving Loan Fund Final Contract Approval and Disbursement of Funds Authorization:  Just 10’s Frozen Yogurt

D. Approval of Collective Bargaining Agreements:

a. Union County State’s Attorney’s Office and The Laborers’ International Union of North America, the Southern and Central Illinois Laborers’ District Council and Laborers’ Local Union 773;

b. Union County Sheriff’s Office Courthouse Custodians and The Laborers’ International Union of North America, the Southern and Central Illinois Laborers’ District Council and Laborers’ Local Union 773;

c. Union County Treasurer’s Office and The Laborers’ International Union of North America, the Southern and Central Illinois Laborers’ District Council and Laborers’ Local Union 773.

E. Review and Acceptance of Reports: Circuit Clerk’s Independent Audit FY2014 –Kim Meyer, Hudgens & Meyer, CPAs

F. Review and Acceptance of Reports: County of Union, Illinois Independent Audit FY2014- Kim Meyer, Hudgens & Meyer, CPAs

G. Approval of Bids: Case Management Software integrating the State’s Attorney’s Office, Law Enforcement, and the Court System.

H. Approval of Revised Policy Regulating Expenses from Hotel Operators’ Occupancy Tax Revenues

I. Approval of Tourism/Occupancy Tax Applications

a. Trail of Tears Association –Illinois Chapter

b. Bald Knob Cross of Peace

c. Union County Fair Association

J. Budget FY2016: Planning and Scheduling; Revenue Research; Discussion

K. Citizen Review: Union County Highway Department- Nash Road- Theresa Shultz

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=1633

Aug
11

Director of IDNR Recognizes Union County Personnel, Conservation Police Officer for Roles in High-Profile Poaching Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Director of IDNR Recognizes Union County Personnel, Conservation Police Officer
for Roles in High-Profile Poaching Case

JONESBORO—At an August 11, 2015 press conference, the Union County State’s Attorney’s Office and District 16 Conservation Police Officer Steve Vasicek were formally recognized for their roles in the investigation and prosecution of a high-profile poaching case.  Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Wayne Rosenthal was on hand to personally thank all involved for their assistance in the case.

Director Rosenthal emphasized the importance of Conservation Police in Illinois, a role that is often out of the public spotlight.

“Our Conservation Police play a vital role in protecting our natural resources and the rights of law-abiding sportsmen and women,” said Rosenthal.  “Poachers steal from all of us, and our Conservation Police Officers stand by hunters, anglers and ordinary citizens every day to protect those resources that belong to all of us.”

Rosenthal and Vasicek presented Union County with a mount by Whitetails Unlimited of the largest of the three bucks.  Vasicek—previously honored as the IDNR Conservation Police Officer of the Year for 2014—described the buck as rivaling the largest ones he’s seen during his career.

The investigation centered around a 2013 incident involving three Georgia deer hunters in Union County using high-powered rifles; Illinois law does not allow for firearms other than pistols, shotguns and muzzleloaders to be used for deer hunting.  The three were charged with the unlawful take of three large buck white-tailed deer and multiple other wildlife code violations.

The investigation resulted in the seizure of three large buck deer and a combined disposition of $12,083 in fines handed down to the poachers as well as a combined 75-month revocation of hunting privileges, a punishment recognized not only in Illinois but in nearly all fifty states.

State’s Attorney Tyler Edmonds was present for the event and made additional comments on behalf of the County.

“Union County is blessed with abundant natural resources and recreational opportunities which play an important part in our local economy,” said Edmonds.  “I applaud the efforts of the Illinois Conservation Police in protecting our natural resources for the benefit of law-abiding hunters, fisherman and landowners”.

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Video of Press Conference

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.unioncountyil.gov/?p=1628

Aug
07

Union County Courthouse Landscaping Fund Set up at Capaha Bank

The Union County Board of Commissioners has approved a comprehensive landscaping plan for the courthouse grounds.  Based on plans by the members of the Master Gardner Program and coordinated by the Anna-Jo Garden Club, the project will be funded entirely by donations.

Plans are to begin work with the approaching autumn planting season.  The project will progress at the rate at which funds are received.  Donations are now being accepted at the Capaha Bank in Anna for funding of the Courthouse Landscaping Project.

Community groups, civic organizations, businesses, individuals and anyone wishing to help beautify the courthouse grounds are encouraged to contribute to the “Courthouse Landscaping Fund.”

Checks should be made payable to the Anna-Jo Garden Club at the Capaha Bank in Anna located at 358 South Main Street.  Business hours are 8:00AM to 4:00PM, Monday through Friday.   Donors contributing $200 or more will be recognized and anonymous donations will be honored as well.

For additional information, please contact the Anna-Jo Garden Club at 833-7508 or 217-620-4297.

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.unioncountyil.gov/?p=1625

Aug
04

Rapid Deployment\Active Shooter Training

Union County Sheriff Scott Harvel announced today that recently during the month of July, the Union County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police and the Anna Police Department participated in a two day Active Shooter\Rapid Deployment training exercise at the Anna Junior Anna High School. The training was presented by instructors from the Illinois State Police utilizing simulated scenarios that Officers may encounter during a threat of violence. The exercise focused on certain training techniques designed to eliminate or defuse an attack or threat of violence to our schools.

“I appreciate and commend the instructors from the Illinois State Police for their skills and knowledge demonstrated during the two day training exercise. In addition, I would like to thank the dedicated Officers that took part in the training exercise. I feel through proper planning, education and training law enforcement officials can make a difference and deter any potential threats of violence against our schools.”

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.unioncountyil.gov/?p=1623

Aug
04

Todd Vincent Retires After Years of Service as Security Guard at Union County Courthouse

Todd VincentJONESBORO—The Union County staff and members of the public recently said goodbye to a face most of the county has become familiar with over the last ten plus years. On July 30, 2015, Todd Vincent completed his final day as the security guard for the Union County Courthouse.

Sheriff Scott Harvel arranged a surprise celebration for Vincent during the noon hour.

“I just wanted to thank Todd for his dedicated to service to Union County for the past thirteen years,” said Harvel.  “Todd was very a very reliable employee and performed his duties with the upmost professionalism. I want to congratulate Todd during his retirement years and wish him the best of luck.”

That sense of professionalism was noted by many who worked with Vincent on a daily basis.

“I like to get an early start so Todd was usually the first person I spoke to in the morning,” said Chief Information Officer Rollie Hawk.  “I was always impressed with his way with people coming in.  People aren’t always excited about coming to the courthouse when it’s for court or to pay taxes but Todd always had a friendly attitude with the public.”

Vincent’s last day ended on a notable high note.  July 30 was the due date for the first installment of property taxes as well as a busy court day, resulting in a new record in foot traffic.

“After closing on Thursday, I asked Todd how our numbers looked,” added Hawk.  “His count was 608 for the day, give or take a few.  We got close to 600 earlier in the year but this was definitely a record.”

The staff of Union County thank Todd Vincent for his years of service to the Courthouse and the citizens of Union County.

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Permanent link to this article: http://blog.unioncountyil.gov/?p=1619

Jul
22

Union County Board of Commissioners Agenda for July 24, 2015

UNION COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
AGENDA FOR
July 24, 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. Approve Payment of Bills Report

B. Complaints About Animal Control – Rena Hileman

C.  Project Review: 4-H Illini Fighting Hunger – Kristi Stout

D.  Grant Review: Redeploy & Juvenile Justice Progress Report – Jessica Beaty

E.  Appointment of Members To The Union County Hotel Operator’s Occupancy Tax Board

F.  Citizen Review: Bauer Road Bridge Condition- Kristi McAlister & Kassi Needling

G.  Proposal for New Ambulance Service Rates – Grant Capel & Jamie Watkins

H.  Electrical Agreement – Rollie Hawk

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=1610

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