County Bicentennial & Animal Control

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2017 is the 200th anniversary of Bond County.

At Tuesday night’s county board meeting, Chairman Howard Elmore, member of the Bicentennial Committee, announced that the first event for the year will be held the evening of Thursday, January 5 at the courthouse.

No details about the public event were provided except that the board plans to meet that week to adopt a proclamation for the anniversary year.

The county board approved a new animal control ordinance which updates fees.

Elmore reported he toured the animal facility in Hillsboro, along with Animal Control Officer Jim Hess and Greenville City Manager Dave Willey. There have been discussions about improving the current facility in Greenville or constructing a new one, whichever is more feasible.

The city and county share expenses and a new agreement between the two entities is being discussed. Elmore said the proposal would be to have each pay 50 percent of the salary for the animal control officer and the city pay $400 per month for day-to-day facility expenses.

The state’s attorney is currently reviewing the document before the county board considers passing it.

The county board approved the local University of Illinois Extension board’s request to levy $84,645 next year for extension services. Elmore said the increase is less than five percent. The county extends taxes and passes them on to the Extension Service.

The county board will meet Tuesday, November 22 at 8 a.m. to discuss the new budget.

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