County Board Creates Radio Subcommittee


Published on May 21 2012 11:02 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

The Effingham County Board Monday established a radio subcommittee to help resolve problems encountered by law enforcement officials in hearing each other.

County Board members Karen Luchtefeld, Jeff Simpson and Jim Niemann will serve on the subcommittee, which is tasked to remedy the Effingham County Sheriff's Department's inoperability of radios with other law enforcement agencies in the county.

The Board also agreed to earmark $2,500 annually for TREC maintenance out of hotel/motel funds; and agreed to donate $500 for a fireworks display to Good Neighbors of Lake Sara from hotel/motel funds.  The Board approved an ordinance and an intergovernmental agreement with Central Illinois Public Transit for public transportation through June 30, 2013; and agreed to support an Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program project for the Effingham County Cultural Center and Museum Association.  The County will serve as a pass-through agency for a grant requested by the Museum Association.  The Effingham City Council earlier agreed to provide the $50,000 local match should the grant request be approved.  Board member Wayne Russell voted against the allocation for TREC maintenance and the Museum Association grant request.

Board members approved Donny Davis as a Watson Fire Protection District trustee; approved Bradley A. Koester as a Teutopolis Fire Protection District trustee replacing Mark Koester; named Commander Terry Trueblood and Assistant Commander Jeremy Kyle to the Effingham County Dive Rescue Team; approved Joseph Thoele and Carolyn Willenburg as members of the Effingham County Agricultural Area Board, named Henry Verdeyen and Jack Klay to new terms on the County Board of Review; and approved Ted Heath to replace Kate Weber on the Effingham County 911 Board as a community-at-large representative.

Also Monday, the County Board awarded a bid for road maintenance materials; heard from County Emergency Services Agency Manager Russ Thomas that the county's Emergency Operations Plan has been completed, and that Thomas had been elected President of the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association; heard that Poor Farm Cemetery will be opened this summer; learned that the county's property/casualty insurance coverage will be bid out; and learned that the County could refinance the bonds issued to finance the County Government Center's construction as of January 1, 2013 with hopes of getting a lower interest rate to save the County some money.

Board member Rob Arnold was not present for Monday's meeting.