Jul
22

Union County Board of Commissioners Agenda for July 22, 2016

UNION COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
AGENDA FOR
July 22, 2016 @ 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

A.  Union County Treasurer Report by Darren Bailey

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.  Joint ETSB Agreement

C.  Resolution to Appoint Board Members to Southern Seven Health Dept. Board

D.  Resolution to Appoint a Member to the Board of Directors Jackson-Union Counties Regional Port District

VII. NEW BUSINESS

A.  Approve Payment of Bills Report

B.  Review the Executive Session Audio Recording Minutes

C.  Resolution to Appointment Board Members to the Union County Hospital Board

D.  Resolution to Appointment Board Members to the Shawnee Valley Water District

E.  Union County Fair Association – Mike Yates

VIII. COMMITTEE REPORTS

Bobby Toler, Jr. – 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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Jul
13

Body Worn Cameras

PRESS RELEASE

July 13,2016

Body Worn Cameras

Press Release - Body Worn CamerasUnion County Sheriff Scott Harvel announced today that since July 1, 2016, Sheriffs Deputies from the Union County Sheriffs Office assigned to the patrol division have been issued and equipped with body worn cameras. Sheriffs Deputies will be required to wear the recording devices at all times while on duty and activate the body worn cameras during any interaction with the public.

The decision to equip Sheriffs Deputies with body worn cameras is a measure to promote professionalism, accountability and transparency during interactions with the public. Body worn cameras will record an unbiased account of the citizen contact and accurately document their encounter with law enforcement.

Body worn cameras will be an aid in the collection of potential evidence and great tool to evaluate the performance of Sheriffs Deputies during public interactions. Body worn cameras may also have a profound effect that could potentially deescalate a hostile encounter with a citizen when the citizen is aware that they are being recorded.

These cameras were purchased with a matching grant received from the Illinois Counties Risk Management Trust (ICRMT), the county insurance carrier, and funds available through the Sheriffs Anti-Crime Fund.

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Jul
11

Ambulance Service receives Mission Lifeline Bronze Award

IMG_0212Union County Ambulance has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Bronze Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEM I) the most deadly type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

image002Unfortunately, a significant number of STEM I patients don’t receive this prompt reperfusion therapy, which is critical in restoring blood flow. Mission: Lifeline seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate these patients from timely access to appropriate treatments. Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care and improving the quality of life for these patients.

Emergency Medical System providers such as Union County Ambulance have been trained to recognize these important clues when a 12 lead ekg is performed in the field and implement a protocol in conjunction with the Southern Illinois Regional EMS System from Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. EMS providers can rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients; promptly notify the medical center, and trigger an early response that can direct these patients under protocol to a catheterization lab saving precious time and heart muscle.

D493CF73-FFEB-45DE-8858-DFB0D1078138Union County Ambulance is one of 21 agencies state wide that has been recognized in 2016 for their outstanding work in this area of cardiac care. Union County Ambulance is dedicated to making our service among the best, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that by implementing processes for improving systems of care with the goal of improving the quality of care for all acute coronary syndrome patients,” said Grant Capel Director of Union County Ambulance. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care for all cardiac patients. This represents a team effort on the part of the Union County EMS Staff in conjunction with our medical control from the Southern Illinois Regional EMS System.”

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Jul
11

Ambulance Service receives grant for additional power cot

Pictured are Union County Commissioner Max Miller, Union County Ambulance Director Grant Capel, Ray Die! of Snedecker Risk Management, Union County Assistant Director Jaime Watkins, Kyle Shell from ICRMT, and Kevin Kern from the Snedecker risk Management Group.

The Union County Board of Commissioners in conjunction with Union County Ambulance is proud to announce the addition of a new Stryker Power Cot to the ambulance service.

Union County Government has partnered with the Illinois Counties Risk Management Trust, also known as ICRMT, to help manage the insurance needs of the local government. These individuals have been working with the local government to help reduce the incidents of on the job injuries with the local EMS staff. Director Grant Capel submitted a proposal to the risk management services group, also known as IPMG, and secured a fifty percent matching grant in the amount of $7,472.58 to help with the purchase of this equipment for the Union County Ambulance Service.

Advantages of this new generation of equipment is that it allows the staff to raise and lower the patient to the proper height for transport with the touch of a button, rather than the previous method which was lifting the weight of the cot and the patient. This generation of electric and hydraulic cots allows as much as 700 lbs. to be lifted safely while reducing the risk of injury to the staff. Additional features allow for the safe transport of cardiac monitors that often accompany the patient, and accessories such as an IV pole as well as an oxygen bottle holder which helps to secure necessary equipment to the stretcher, helping leave the hands of the staff free to manage the movement of the cot. An increased surface area on this particular stretcher helps with the management of larger patients helping to insure safer and more secure transport.

The goal of Union County Ambulance has been to transition to more technologically advanced equipment such as the power cots and stair chairs with tracks which enable staff to remove patients from restricted areas of the home more safely, while reducing the risk of injuries to the EMS staff. Director Grant Capel and the Union County Board of Commissioners are working to help lower the incidents of on the job injuries and provide better service to the citizens. Union County Ambulance is a full time Paramedic, Advanced Life Support Service.

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Jul
08

Property tax due dates set

7.8.2016

For immediate release

 

Property tax due dates set

 

The tax due dates for the 2015 real estate property tax year (paid in 2016) are set for August 17 and October17, reports Union County Treasurer Darren Bailey. The due dates for mobile homes taxes have not yet been established.

The Treasurer displayed disappointment in the dates, which are about two-and-a-half weeks later than the targeted goal of July 30, which was met the past two years.

“Every year, getting the taxes out is a collaborative effort of multiple County departments. This year, the team wasn’t able to meet its goal,” expressed Bailey. “Two years ago Chairman (Richard) Cunningham and the County Board of Commissioners set a target of July 30, and two years in a row that target was reached.”

Better planning and improved financial operations means the County government is not likely to feel much pain.

“Unfortunately, the entities that are most-threatened by the delay are our schools, which are unlikely to receive a property tax disbursement before the start of school,” Bailey commented.  “The process this year did not meet the new operational standards being set in this organization, and I believe that with good leadership, tax generation will be another success story for the County going forward.”

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Jul
06

Union County Board of Commissioners Agenda for July 8, 2016

UNION COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
AGENDA FOR
July 8, 2016 @ 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

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.  Hotel Operators’ Occupancy Tax Board—Proposal of New Funding Request Application Document

C.  Joint ETSB Agreement

D.  Resolution to Appoint Board Members to Southern Seven Health Dept. Board

E.  Resolution to Appoint a Member to the Board of Directors Jackson-Union Counties Regional Port District

VII. NEW BUSINESS

A.  Approve Payment of Bills Report

B.  Historical Society, PAST, Anna Arts Center Bicentennial Celebration – Pat Brumleve

C.  Union County Bicentennial – Pete Houseman

VIII. COMMITTEE REPORTS

Bobby Toler, Jr. – 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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Jul
04

Offices Closed

Union County offices will be closed on Monday in observance of Independence Day. Have a safe and happy Fourth!

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Jun
22

Union County Board of Commissioners Agenda for June 24, 2016

UNION COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
AGENDA FOR
June 24, 2016 @ 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

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 Adopting Prevailing Wage for the County of Union, Illinois

C.  Joint ETSB Agreement

D.  Resolution to Appoint Board Members to Southern Seven Health Dept. Board

E.  Resolution to Appoint a Member to the Board of Directors Jackson-Union Counties Regional Port District

VII. NEW BUSINESS

A.  Approve Payment of Bills Report

B.  Resolution Authorizing Federal Aid Matching Funds for Skyline Drive

C.  Union County Bicentennial – Pete Houseman

D.  County Energy Bids

E.  Union County Trustee Resolution

F.  Hotel Operators’ Occupancy Tax Board—Proposal of New Funding Request Application Document

G.  Shawnee Development Council–Senior Citizens Food Pantry Funding Request

H.  Union County Ambulance – Grant Capel – HIPAA Training

VIII. COMMITTEE REPORTS

Bobby Toler, Jr. – 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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Jun
17

VOTER PARTICIPATION CENTER (VPR) MAILING TO ALL ILLINOIS CITIZENS NOT REGISTERED TO VOTE

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
DATE:  June 17, 2016

CONTACT:
For Union County Elections
Terry Bartruff, County Clerk
Union County Clerk’s Office
309 W Market St. Room 116
Jonesboro, IL  62952

VOTER PARTICIPATION CENTER (VPR) MAILING
TO ALL ILLINOIS CITIZENS NOT REGISTERED TO VOTE

ILLINOIS – Union County Clerk Terry Bartruff announced today that all Election Authorities were recently advised by the Illinois State Board of Elections of a mailing that has gone out from Voter Participation Center, (VPA), Chicago, Illinois, to all non-registered voters in the State of Illinois. This mailing contains a letter from the VPA and a voter registration form with the name and address of each applicable Election Authority for their reference should they wish to register to vote. Since these notices are not originating from our office, but from an outside organization, there may be a possibility that some may go out to those who are already registered to vote, those who have moved, as well as those who have passed away.

“We want to let all residents in Union County who receive this mailing know that our offices will process all such voter registration forms properly completed and forwarded to our office.” said Bartruff. He continued, “We have been advised by the State Board of Elections that this is a legitimate company operating as a non-government, nonprofit, and nonpartisan 501 (c)(3) organization.”

If the public or media has any questions about this mailing, you are asked by the VPA to please contact them at their office at 27 N. Wacker Dr. #710, Chicago, IL 60606, or phone them at 877.255.6750. The VPA indicates that if anyone wants to be removed from their mailing lists to contact them at:  info@thevoterparticipationcenter.org.

 

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Jun
16

Recent changes to the Farmland Assessment Law

The Assessor’s Office would like to share this link with information on the recent changes to the Farmland Assessment Law.

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.unioncountyil.gov/?p=1972

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