County Board Passes Balanced Budget, Talk Enterprise Zone

Bond County Clerk Randy Reitz (left) swears in re-elected Bond County Board Members (L to R) Howard Elmore, Gerald "Spanky" McCray, and Wes Pourchot.

The Bond County Board has passed a balanced budget for 2015. Following two special sessions last week, the board approved the use of $85,000 in coal reserve funds to balance the budget.

In the county board meeting Tuesday, recently elected members Howard Elmore, Gerald “Spanky” McCray, and Wes Pourchot – all incumbents – were sworn in for a new term. Howard Elmore was re-appointed as board chairman and Wes Pourchot will serve as vice-chairman.

Board members approved the re-appointment of Frank Lucco and Lou Lorton to the Bond County 911 Board and passed a resolution awarding 2015 MFT Maintenance Materials for the Bond County Highway Department. The salary for Highway Department Engineer Jeremy Pestle was increased by 2.5% to 95% of the Illinois Department of Transportation recommended amount.

Adam Stroud, Economic Development Director for the City of Greenville, spoke with board members, providing information and answering questions about the proposed enterprise zone, covering a portion of Greenville and some county land along Rt. 40. The City of Greenville will conduct a public hearing Thursday, December 11 at 6:00 p.m. at the Econo Lodge on Rt. 127 to provide information on the proposed enterprise zone application. The public is welcome to attend the meeting.

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