By Alex Haglund
County Clerk Nancy Heseman told the Washington County Board about a new service being offered through her office, property fraud alert, at the meeting of the board held on Tuesday, May 8.
Fraud isn’t just swiping credit card numbers or identity theft, Heseman told the board, “it can also happen when someone tried to record a deed or a lien on your property.”
Essentially, a party without permission would make claims to the ownership of your property for their own financial gain. Property fraud is now one of the quickest growing types of white-collar crimes.
The service, property fraud alert, is free to Washington County property owners and it can be subscribed to at www.propertyfraudalert.com, or by calling the property fraud alert hotline at (800) 728-3858.
“I want to get this out there to the public in a way that let’s them know about it,” said Heseman.
For further details about the program, contact Heseman’s office at (618) 327-4800, extension 300.
Washington County State’s Attorney Dan Bronke gave a report to the county board on his department’s 2018 so far.
As of the time of the meeting, the department has pursued:
• 31 felony cases
• 49 misdemeanors
• 17 DUIs
• 482 traffic cases, and
• 17 juvenile cases
As far as resolutions to cases go, Bronke stated that three adults had been sentenced to the department of corrections (prison) so far in 2018, one juvenile offender was sentenced to juvenile incarceration, a $5,000 donation was made to the southern Illinois Drug Task Force by an offender, there are six vehicle and two money seizures pending, and Bronke reported that one gun and ammunition was forfeited by a suspect to the Nashville Police Department.
In Bronke’s regular report, covering the month of April, he stated that it was, “a pretty typical month…nobody has stopped committing crime yet.”
For April, Bronke reported $775 taken in by the State’s Attorney’s General Fund, $146.25 taken in by the drug prevention fund, and $190 to the automation fund.
County Engineer Mitch Burdick brought three resolutions to the board to appropriate township aid for the replacement of drainage culvert.
“These are what are commonly referred to as 50/50 projects,” Burdick told the board, because the township road district pays for half while the county pays the other.
Two of the culverts to be replaced were in Pilot Knob Township, on Kennedy and Lincoln Roads, while the third was in Venedy on Spook Road.
“We will have another 50/50 project next month,” Burdick said, “at least one more.”
Burdick also told the board that following the emergency bridge repair near Richview that was in progress during the April board meeting, the bridge was now once again open and approved for use at a reduced weight limit. The bridge in question is slated to be replaced completely in FY 2020.
Burdick also told the board that Highway Department employee Bob Wetzel, who started work there in 1975, would be retiring at the end of the month.
“He’s been at the Highway Department for 43 years,” Burdick stated, “through three different county engineers.”
Burdick said that both he and the rest of the county highway department were thankful for Bob’s time and service to the county.
The County Board approved three reappointments to area boards of governance.
Ivan Meyer was reappointed to the Irvington Sanitary District Board.
Marvin Haake was reappointed to the Washington county Board of Review.
Lowell Shubert was reappointed to the Farmland Assessment Committee.