County Board Covers Many Topics

Courthouse improvements were discussed by the Bond County Board at Tuesday’s meeting.

Chairman Howard Elmore said new gutters are needed on the historic building and the underground drainage system needs repaired. This year, water has been found in the courthouse basement, and the board wants to eliminate that situation.

There is also a desire to install carpeting in the board meeting room. Board members plan to obtain more information on the projects and will then present it to the county Public Building Commission for consideration.

The board amended its budget to include an increase in the attorney general grant received for the state’s attorney’s victim witness program. The original grant was for $18,500 and the new one is $21,300.

Kim Taylor, from Fayco Enterprises, advised the county board that three positions on the 377 board must be filled. She recommended that Eldon Young and Gene Doll be reappointed, and Jeff Hasenmyer fill the third position.

Young is the county board representative on the Bond County 377 board, which oversees the tax funds received by FAYCO. Terms are for three years.

The county board announced the openings and plans to make the appointments at its next meeting, on July 21.

The board plans to seek bids for gasoline and diesel fuel used in vehicles and equipment. Elmore reported Bond County Transit is interested in the sales tax savings that can occur by obtaining fuel through the county.

It was decided to obtain bids from fuel providers to deliver it to tanks at the transit site, highway department and sheriff’s department, and to allow sheriff’s department cars to be fueled at a station.

Elmore said the search continues for a county animal control officer. Advertisements seeking an individual have been unsuccessful. Anyone interested can contact County clerk Randy Reitz.

A liquor license for Hacienda Jalisco was approved by the board and Greenville Auto Body was given permission to use the courthouse grounds on September 12 for a car cruise.