County Board Hears Report From EMA Director, Assessor’s Office

By Alex Haglund

Besides the audit (see page A1), there were other issues discussed at the Washington County Board meeting held on Tuesday, July 12.

Highway
Department

County engineer Mitch Burdick gave his report to the board, speaking about several road projects in the county.

County Highway 21, between State Route 15 and Oakdale is currently being repaired. Work began on July 5 and will continue through August.

Repairs on the Peachtree Road bridge are now complete, but Burdick said, “we’re waiting for a dry window to do the roadwork.” He stated that the project should be complete by the end of the month.

Burdick said that his department’s bridge inspections forced them to indefinitely close a bridge on Shannon Street in the Richview Township. Burdick said that all the necessary signage is up and that authorities have been notified. The Richview Township Road District is currently deciding what path to take for the future.

Zoning

The board approved that 3.7 acres belonging to Mary Ann Klein be rezoned from Ag to Rural Residential R1.

Plans for the property are for Klein to put up a shed with temporary living quarters for her daughter, who intends to have a stick-built home put up within five to six years, at which time the temporary living quarters will be removed.

Emergency

Management Agency

Rick Greten, director of the county’s Emergency Management Agency gave his annual report to the board.

“It’s been a pretty quiet year,” Greten said. “That’s a good thing in emergency management.”

Greten attended the Illinois Emergency Management Agency summit, which counted towards 20 hours of training, saying that the event had, “a lot of good training and a lot of good speakers.”

Greten also said that in the past year, they outfitted the emergency operations center, the dayroom of the Ambulance Department and 911 Center, with a Ham radio, to be able to communicate with amateur radio operators in the event of an emergency.

Supervisor Of Assessments

Washington County Supervisor of Assessments Sharon Mewes also spoke with the board.

Mewes stated that the county plat book had recently been published and stated that so far, it had received, “warm applause.”

The county has received a tentative negative multiplier of 0.9748 for taxes from the state of Illinois. A confirmed multiplier has not yet been received.

Mewes also joked with the board about the pronunciation of her last name, correcting them and stating that it was pronounced “Mavis,” saying she had heard several other different attempts at saying it.

Other

In personnel, Rick Lake was appointed as a new member of the Lively Grove Cemetery Board.

The Finance Committee stated that the final payment on the courthouse renovations has now been made. From this point on, any warrantee issues will need to be dealt with through the individual contractors, not through the general contractor for the project.

The Finance committee is also seeking budgets for all of the county departments.

A new fee schedule was approved by the board, which raises fees for the County Clerk and Recorders office, the Sheriff’s Department, and county courts.

Election judges were approved for two year terms, effective beginning this fall.

At the time of the meeting, the Sheriff’s Department was holding 10 county inmates and two federal inmates.