Gallatin County Board
16 February 2006
The members of the County Board in and for the County of Gallatin, State of Illinois, met at the courthouse in Shawneetown, Illinois on Thursday, February 16, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. for a regular meeting.
Present: Randy Drone, George Sisk, Butch Brazier, Danny Case
Absent: Terry Golden
Others: Tom Foster, State's Attorney; Jim Brown, County Engineer; Mary Frances Skaggs, Rick Rider
Attest: Elizabeth Wargel, County Clerk
Chairman Randy Drone called the meeting to order.
Motion by George Sisk, seconded by Butch Brazier to approve the minutes of the January 12, 2006 regular meeting. Motion carried.
The Financial Report for the month ending January 31, 2006 was prepared by County Treasurer Patricia McGuire. The report was distributed to the County Board at the meeting. The report had an ending balance of $340,717.43 with receipts totaling $89,718.74 and expenditures totaling $92,649.13.
Motion by Danny Case, seconded by Butch Brazier to accept the Financial Report for the month ending January 31, 2006. Roll call vote. Motion carried 4-0-1. (Golden absent)
Motion by Butch Brazier, seconded by Danny Case to pay the bills as approved by the Finance Committee. Roll call vote. Motion carried 4-0-1. (Golden absent)
Motion by George Sisk, seconded by Butch Brazier to pay the highway bills as approved by the Road and Bridge Committee. Roll call vote. Motion carried 4-0-1. (Golden absent)
Chairman Drone announced that the speed limit signs were posted on the Ridgway New Haven road where there has been a problem of vehicles not slowing or stopping for the school bus. He also asked County Engineer Jim Brown if another sign could be added and apply only when a school bus is present.
The County Board gave approval to Jim Brown, County Engineer to advertise to sell salvaged items from the County Highway Department.
Motion by George Sisk, seconded by Butch Brazier to adopt the County Maintenance Resolution to appropriate $260,000.00 (Two Hundred Sixty Thousand and no/100) from the Motor Fuel Tax allotment for the maintenance on county highways and meeting the requirements of the Illinois Highway Code. Roll call vote. Motion carried 4-0-1. (Golden absent)
Mr. Brown presented a request from Great Lakes Geophysical, Inc. asking that the county give permission to conduct a vibroseis geophysical seismic survey in search for possible reserves of petroleum and/or natural gas for Shakespear Oil Co. in Ridgway Township, Gallatin County to use County Road 16.
Motion by Danny Case, seconded by Butch Brazier to give permission to Great Lakes Geophysical, Inc. to conduct a vibroseis geophysical seismic survey in Ridgway Township, County Road 16 subject to the county's additional terms in a letter prepared by State's Attorney Tom Foster. Roll call vote. Motion carried 4-0-1. (Golden absent)
Motion by Butch Brazier, seconded by Danny Case to accept the Semi Annual Revolving Loan Fund Report for the period of July 1, 2005 through December 31, 2005 as presented by Julie Patera, Executive Director, SIRPDC. Roll call vote. Motion carried 4-0-1. (Golden absent)
Motion by George Sisk, seconded by Butch Brazier to pay the 2005 Administrative Services Fee to the SIRPDC in the amount of $911.06 from the Revolving Loan Fund Account. Roll call vote. Motion carried 4-0-1. (Golden absent)
Chairman Randy Drone and the Board agreed that the Intergovernmental Agreement with the Village of Equality for the loan of the old safe that was prepared by the State's Attorney was ready to be sent to the Village of Equality for their acceptance.
Chairman Randy Drone with the advice and consent of the County Board appointed Louise Patton of Equality to continue to serve on the WADI Board of Directors with her term ending on November 30, 2008.
In other business, discussion was held regarding the loss control survey conducted by Manny Melton of Fire and Life Safety on behalf of Method Management and the ICRMT on January 11, 2006. A letter was sent by Mr. Jim Sredzinski, Risk Management Specialist along with an attachment of the recommendations from the survey. Overall, the county facilities were noted to be in good order reported Mr. Sredzinski. After discussion, Chairman Drone asked that County Clerk Beth Wargel contact Mr. Sredzinski and ask his thoughts regarding some of the recommendations and to report the findings at the March meeting.
Also, in other business, County Clerk Beth Wargel told the board that the Circuit Clerk's Annual Report of Funds would be on the March agenda. Ms. Wargel also told the board that a large sale of property in February would create more revenues for the county and that her office would need to purchase an additional $10,000 worth of revenue stamps.
Also in other business, County Board Member Danny Case asked that the State's Attorney check into the county having a resolution or ordinance regarding the personal use of a county vehicle.
Mr. Case brought to the board's attention a missing 9-1-1 sign in New Haven township. He said that apparently, the sign was torn down and stolen. The township road was also gated where the sign was missing. Chairman Drone addressed the situation and decided that it was a township situation though the county was liable for the downed sign.
Motion by Butch Brazier, seconded by George Sisk to adjourn until the regular meeting scheduled on Thursday, March 16, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. Committees will meet at 8:00 a.m. the morning of the meeting. Motion carried.
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