Board members were split on three highway budgets and levies. By a 9-3 vote with Jeremy Hall, Jim Laird and Bob Watt voting in opposition, the County Highway budget of $772,371 and the levy of $334,931 were approved. The same three board members voted in opposition to the Federal Matching Aid budget and levy of $154,773. Laird voted in opposition to the County Bridge budget and levy of $154,773; and the County Motor Fuel Tax budget of $1.4 million was approved unanimously.
IN OTHER BUSINESS:n The Board heard a presentation from Tom Upchurch, director of the Jefferson County Housing Authority, regarding the organization’s mission and outreach.
n Approved the purchase of a new 2014 XL250 truck from CMS at a cost of $27,860 with the stipulation that Highway Engineer Brandon Simmons provide documentation to Highway Committee Chairman Steve Draege that the truck can’t be purchased locally at a reduced price. Laird voted in opposition to the purchase, indicating the county did not need that large of a truck.
n County Clerk Connie Simmons reported the county received $4,571 in grant from money from the state and it was redeposited into the election line item. Simmons said new voter registration cards were mailed earlier this month, resulting in an $8,472 expense for printing and postage.
n Approved by resolution opposing any unfunded mandate requiring sprinklers to be placed in every home in Illinois.
n And approved by resolution an endorsement of the Jefferson County Historical Society’s fund-raising campaign.