Jackson County Real Property Committee met September 13.
Jackson County Real Property Committee met September 13.
Here is the minutes provided by the Committee:
Call to Order (5:00 pm)
Members Present: D. Bost, Endres, Hunter, Mendoza, Jr., Mueller and Peterson
Members Absent: S. Bost
Also Present: Grant Guthman, Carol Hoffman
Approval of Minutes
I. 17-2784 August 15, 2017 Minutes
A motion was made by Hunter, seconded by Mendoza, Jr., to approve August 15, 2017 as presented. The motion carried by unanimous vote.
Hoffman spoke to the committee about how the Southernmost Illinois Tourism Bureau spends the funding they receive from the County tourism budget. Currently, they are working on a three minute commercial about the area; it will feature local vineyards, cabins, and activities. They have also purchased digital media ads and publish a magazine. Their focus is on marketing for leisure travel and bringing visitors to the area. Additionally, they are looking at ways to bring in small meetings and conferences to the area.
II. 17-2785 Board of Review Grant Tower Appeal Notification
This item is for information purposes.
A. SIMPO-Southern Illinois Metropolitan Planning Organization
B. Payment of Highway Monthly Claims
A. Guthman reported that the SIMPO Tech meeting decided to use their remaining funds to do a Human Services plan for the MPO.
B. Mueller moved and Endres seconded to approve the Highway monthly claims in the amou nt of $512,474.25.
III. 17-2786 Uniform Grant Budget Approval-Elkville Road Safety Shoulder Project
Guthman informed the committee that his request for additional funds for the Elkville Road Safety Shoulder Project has been approved.
A motion was made by Hunter, seconded by D. Bost, to approve the Uniform Grant Budget for the Elkville Road Safety Shoulder Project. The motion carried by unanimous vote.
IV. 17-2787 Illinois Public Works Mutual Aid Network (IPWMAN) Agreement
Guthman informed the committee that the Illinois Public Works Mutual Aid Network has been around for eight or nine years. The County is not currently a member but Guthman sees it as a relatively cheap insurance plan. The cost is $250 per year. The only additional costs would be for salaries if the county goes to aid another county. This is a standard agreement and has been reviewed by the State's Attorney's Office.
A motion was made by D. Bost, seconded by Mueller, to approve the Illinois Public Works Mutual Aid Network (IPWMAN) Agreement. The motion carried by unanimous vote.
V. 17-2788 Illinois Public Works Mutual Aid Network (IPWMAN) Ordinance
Guthman informed the committee that this Ordinance has been reviewed and a few changes have been made by the State's Attorney's Office.
A motion was made by D. Bost, seconded by Endres, to approve the Illinois Public Works Mutual Aid Network Agreement (IPWMAN). The motion carried by unanimous vote.
Land Use & Economic Development
A. Greater Egypt Regional Planning & Development Commission
B. Supervisor of Assessments
C. Jackson Growth Alliance
D. Comprehensive Plan
E. River Levee Project Update
A. Peterson informed the committee that Greater Egypt received a grant to do some marketing research in the area. Greater Egypt wrote an RFP and received six applications, they selected the Arthur Agency. She then reported that the Reed Station MPH is almost complete.
C. The committee would like the new Executive Director of JGA to attend a meeting to introduce herself and explain how the funding is spent.
D. This item will remain on the agenda.
E. No update at this time.
County Buildings & Grounds
VI. 17-2789 Probation Building Sign
A motion was made by Hunter, seconded by D. Bost, to approve the bid for the purchase a new sign for the Probation building. The motion carried by unanimous vote.
VII. 17-2790 Building Purchase for Probation
Endres reported that when she visited the current Probation building the office manager informed her that the current building is working just fine. The committee discussed the costs and benefits of purchasing a building verses leasing. The consensus of the committee is that it would be worth looking at the property that is for sale to get some more information. Endres will look into setting that up.
VIII. 17-2791 Crane Building Awning Repair
Peterson informed the committee that the replacement of the posts for the awning at the Crane building had already been approved by the board in June and that work will begin soon. The committee reviewed the memo from Tweedy that explained the other awning repair bids; those repairs are not necessary. There was a brief discussion about the committee's request for a bid to remove the awning.
IX. 17-2792 Historic Lincoln Program
Peterson began the discussion by giving some background on the Illinois State Historical Society request to have each county purchase a print of a Lincoln portrait. The committee discussed where the funds could come from and the consensus is to ask attorney's and other business owners for donations to purchase the print in time for the State of Illinois bicentennial.
X. 17-2793 Courthouse Sprinkler System Compliance
A motion was made by Mueller, seconded by Hunter, to approve the bid for the Courthouse Sprinkler System Compliance. The motion carried by unanimous vote.
D. Bost would like to see "Bike Routes" as a permanent item on the Real Property agenda. Peterson stated that it would go under the Highway Department heading. The committee coordinator will make the addition in the future.
D. Bost would like for the Real Property committee to receive a report from the Board of Review on the number of properties appealed, the number of errors/corrections, the number that go to the State, and the results. Additionally, he would like to see where the money is going starting with this year, the the last three years, and each year going forward. The committee discussed this and is in agreement. They would also like to see a report from the Treasurer's Office on the number of properties not paying their taxes and a report on the tax sale held each year.
Endres inquired about the GIS money that Berkowitz has mentioned in the past. Hunter indicated that she can ask about it at the budget hearings that will be taking place next week. She then reminded the committee members that they are welcome to attend the budget hearings and ask any questions they would like.
Adjourn (6:03 pm)
Hunter moved and Mueller seconded to adjourn, motion carried.