By RICK HAYES email@example.com
---- — MT. VERNON — Appointments to four Jefferson County fire districts were recommended for approval by the Land, Tax and Appointments Committee on Wednesday night.
Les Sinks was re-appointed to the Jefferson Fire Protection District on a 2-1 vote, pending full board approval. John Keele made the motion to accept the appointment with Jeff Williams joining in favor of the nomination. Wayne Hicks voted in opposition.
Sinks has served on the JFPD Board for 30 years. He said if reappointed he wants to create public awareness, improve morale, recruit new volunteers and assist the chief with grant writing. Sinks said he can assist in that area since he is a former school administrator.
Several people in attendance did not speak during the "public input" portion of the meeting, and apparently wanted another candidate. However, Chairman Robert White — referring to Roberts' Rule of Order — declined to give visitors an opportunity to speak during the "discussion" period after a motion had been made.
Rhonda King was appointed to the Woodlawn Fire Protection District, Charles Pepple to the Webber Fire Protection District, and Steve Norris to the Waltonville Fire Protection District. Those recommended appointments carried unanimously.
During the Highway Committee that followed, Synenergy was accepted as the fuel and oil provider through June 24. Synenergy submitted a bid of $3.10 for biodiesel and $2.74 for gasohol.
The Committee approved the Fourth of July resolution to close Illinois 15 for the Salute to Freedom celebration, and use Old Fairfield Road as a detour.
In other action, a Creed subdivision plat — located on Lynchberg Road — was approved; and the Committee gave Highway Engineer Brandon Simmons authorization to advertise for the sale of a 1992 Case open cab tractor, a Rex tiller, and a mower.
Simmons provided updates on county roads and bridges, indicating Malecki Road is now open, Log Cabin Road project will begin on May 28, and the Stratton Road project is awaiting estimates from Farrington Township officials before the proposal is submitted to the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Simmons announced laborer Jack Prinnell, a 16-year employee of the Highway Department, will be retiring on June 21; and Simmons will be having a meeting with the county's road commissioners sometime in early June, noting there are at least five new road commissioners who will be provided "basic information."