Jackson County Real Property Committee met August 16
Jackson County Real Property Committee met 5 p.m. August 16.
Here is the minutes as provided by the committee:
Call to Order (5:00 PM)
Members Present: Endres, Erbes, Hunter, Mendoza, Jr., Mueller, Peterson and S. Bost
Also Present: Grant Guthman
Approval of Minutes
I. 17-2719 July 12, 2017 Minutes
A motion was made by Erbes, seconded by S. Bost, to approve the July 12, 2017 minutes as
presented. The motion carried by unanimous vote.
II. 17-2720 IDOT Letter
For informational purposes
III. 17-2721 SIMPO-Southern Illinois Metropolitan Planning Organization
Peterson reported that the SIMPO TAC and Policy committees have to approve projects and
they will be considering project readiness on projects to better help them make decisions about
what projects can be done in a timely manner. SIMPO is going to put out a request for a
roadside safety study for Interstate 57. Since 2010 there have been 27 crashes and 32 fatalities
on Interstate 57. Peterson went on to say that she learned that land owners can donate right
of way land and claim it as a tax deduction on their income taxes. Guthman said he is
submitting a project for engineering for the next stage of the Reed Station Road project. He
also stated that their will be Highway Department staff at the bridge construction project on
Giant City Road on August 21st and possible over the weekend to assist in directing traffic when
the road goes down to one lane. Peterson concluded by mentioning that ITEP is accepting
submissions for projects starting on October 2nd and going until December 1st.
IV. 17-2722 Highway Monthly Claims
A motion was made by Endres, seconded by Erbes, to approve the Highway monthly claims in
the amount of $772,985.01. The motion carried by unanimous vote.
V. 17-2724 Bid Acceptance and Contract/Contract Bond Approval for Cora/Levee Road Section 15 -03111-
A motion was made by Endres, seconded by Erbes, to approve the Bid Acceptance and
Contract/Contract Bond for Cora/Levee Road Section 15-03111-00-FP. The motion carried by
VI. 17-2725 Elkville Road HSIP Fund Grant Award
Guthman informed the committee that the county has received a safety grant for work on the
shoulders in Elkville. The grant was approved for 3 foot shoulders and a rumble but due to the
width of the road he has asked IDOT to adjust the grant to approve four foot shoulders, he will
let the committee knows when he hears from IDOT.
Land Use & Economic Development
VII. 17-2727 Greater Egypt Regional Planning & Development Commission
Peterson informed the committee that due to federal administration change over the DRA
grants are on hold and there will be no money for awhile.
VIII. 17-2729 Supervisor of Assessments
IX. 17-2730 Jackson Growth Alliance
S. Bost reported that a new Executive Director, Cheryl Benn, has been hired for Jackson Growth
Alliance. She has a new vision for how to make JGA even better and the JGA board is excited to
see what the next year will bring.
X. 17-2731 Comprehensive Plan
Erbes informed the committee that he spoke with Jeannie Dowell a consultant who does work
with counties on comprehensive planning and asked her to attend the September meeting.
XI. 17-2732 River Levee Project Update
Peterson reported that she emailed Mark Holt and found out that they are working in the Sand
Ridge area as weather permits. Erbes mentioned that WSIL contacted him with questions
about the levee work.
County Buildings & Grounds
XII. 17-2733 Building Purchase for Probation
Endres began by informing the committee that she noticed a building for sale in Murphysboro
and thought it might be a solution to the county spending money renting space to house the
probation department. The county currently spends over $30,000 a year on rent for the
probation department. She also pointed out that the Circuit Clerk is looking for additional
storage space and purchasing property might solve both problems. The she asked if it was the
consensus of the committee that she and Rendleman look at both the current probation
building and the property she found for sale; the committee agreed. Mueller offered her
assistance in viewing the property if the broker wasn't available. Endres will contact the broker
to set something up and will reach out to Mueller if needed. The committee coordinator was
asked to contact the State's Attorney's Office to see if probation could be located near a child
XIII. 17-2734 Crane Building Awning Repairs
The committee reviewed the bids for repairs to the awning at the Crane Building. The
consensus of the committee is to find out if the awning is necessary, if so why and if not then
what would be the cost to remove the awning.
XIV. 17-2735 Quote for Communications Tower Fence Replacement
This item was addressed at the Legislative & Public Safety Committee meeting.
XV. 17-2736 Storage needs for Circuit Clerks Office
Hunter informed the committee that she no longer needs the September meeting to be switched with the Finance & Administration
Committee meeting. The consensus of the committee is to move the meetings to their regular days in September.
Adjourn (5:39 PM)
S. Bost moved and Mueller seconded to adjourn, motion carried.