Jackson County Real Property Committee met May 9
Jackson County Real Property Committee met May 9.
Here is the minutes as provided by the committee:
Call to Order (5:03 pm)
Members Present: Hunter, Mendoza, Jr., Mueller and Peterson
Members Absent: D. Bost, Endres and S. Bost
Also Present: Andrew Erbes, Grant Guthman
Approval of Minutes
I. 18-3360 April 11, 2018 Minutes
A motion was made by Hunter, seconded by Mueller, to approve the April 11, 2018 minutes as
presented. The motion carried by unanimous vote.
Peterson spoke to the committee about the IDNR working with SIU on marketing the Shooting Park and Pyramid Park and she wonders about including Burning Star in the marketing. She also informed the committee that she asked about a Kinkaid Public Beach being part of a DRA grant; it is not the kind of thing for those grants but they are looking at other options.
A. SIMPO-Southern Illinois Metropolitan Planning Organization
B. Jackson County Bike Paths/Trails
C. Payment of Highway Monthly Claims
Peterson began by telling the committee that she has asked Ted Gutierrez to attend a meeting to give a report on Mass Transit.
A. Peterson informed the committee that the MPO has received some ITEP money for a Bike Path around John A. Logan and a new pedestrian path on New Era Road. She also stated that the MPO will be selecting a firm to do a safety study.
B. See above.
C. Mueller moved and Hunter seconded to approve the Highway monthly claims in the amount of $94,908.29, motion carried.
II. 18-3361 ROW ADA Transition Plan Adoption
Guthman informed the committee that the plan has been posted on the website for the
required 30 days and he has received no feedback.
A motion was made by Mueller, seconded by Hunter, to approve adoption of the ROW ADA
Transition Plan as presented. The motion carried by unanimous vote.
III. 18-3362 Wood Road Speed Limit Ordinance
Guthman stated that at the request of the township a speed study was completed on Wood
Road. The study shows that the speed limit can be lowered to 35 mph. He also stated that this
area is considered a high violation area due and that law enforcement will need to be notified
once the ordinance passes.
A motion was made by Hunter, seconded by Mueller, to approve the Wood Road speed limit
Ordinance. The motion carried by unanimous vote.
IV. 18-3363 Summer Help Hires
Guthman presented the committee with the applications for summer help that he has
received. He explained that he plans to hire six summer laborers (from eight applicants) and
two summer technicians (from three applicants). He commented that this year he received the
fewest number of applications of any year and he may consider raising the hourly wage next
year. Guthman stated that five of the six laborers are returning from last year and the sixth one
was chosen because they are a Jackson County resident. Hunter asked about female
applicants; Guthman said that there was one female applicant but she is not a resident of
Jackson County. Hunter asked that Guthman consider gender in his future hiring.
V. 18-3383 Herrin Road Extension to Reed Station Road
Guthman informed the committee that IDOT and Greater Egypt are applying for funding to
connect Herrin Road with Reed Station Road. This road will give Walkers Bluff a better road
and they are willing to possible assist with costs. Guthman brought this to the committee so
they could think about whether they are willing to assist with the matching funds that will be
required. The consensus of the committee is that there is not funding available now but there
may be some in the 2020 budget and this item can be revisited at a later date.
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 spoke to the committee about a marketing presentation from the Arthur Agency, a consulting firm hired by Greater Egypt. Their new tag line for Southern Illinois is "SIWorks" more information can be found on the Greater Egypt website. The committee had a discussion on bus schedules related to those who cannot drive getting to work and the work that the Center for Empowerment and Justice is doing.
C. Mueller talked about the work JGA is doing on developing a strategic plan. She also spoke about the outreach being done by Cheryl Benn and the JGA board members.
D. The committee was informed of some work being done in the office to draft an outline for a comprehensive plan the consensus is to keep moving forward with this. Mendoza informed the committee that he has read the 1964 Regional Comprehensive Plan and has taken some summary notes and gather ideas from people. He will share that info with the committee. He also said he is interested in reading the 1965 Jackson County Comprehensive Plan, the committee coordinator will attempt to locate that. Mendoza has started to read the 2010 Regional Comprehensive Plan. Mueller took the 1964 Regional Comprehensive Plan to read.
E. Peterson and Guthman stated that they are not sure exactly where the process is right now because there was some other construction going on and the levee work had to stop until that work was done. An update will be given next month.
County Buildings & Grounds
VI. 18-3382 Energy Billing
Peterson read the memo provided by Accounting Coordinator Tweedy. The committee briefly
discussed the number of bills for each building and why it was being handled that way.
Guthman state that he deals with the same issue with his energy bills. The consensus of the
committee is for Tweedy to move forward with getting the bills better organized.
VII. 18-3364 Flag Pole
The committee was informed that the current county flag pole is to short for the number of
flags that are on it. Additionally, some of the flags get close to the power lines when it is
windy. Maintenance has suggested getting a new flag pole that is higher, or three new poles to
spread out the flags and possibly moving the pole to the other side of the courthouse. The
consensus of the committee is that there is not money in the budget at this time. The
suggestion is to reconsider this request during budgeting.
VIII. 18-3365 Placement of Lincoln Portrait
The committee members will look around the courthouse and come up with ideas for the next
IX. 18-3366 Commercial Property for Sale
Peterson reviewed the information on two commercial properties for sale in Murphysboro. She
believes that they could be used to house probation or the offices from the basement of the
Courthouse. She informed the committee that she has also given the information to the Public
Building Commission. The committee discussed the properties and where funding would come
from. Mueller and Peterson are going to view the sites after the meeting.
X. 18-3367 Burke Electric Presentation
Nothing at this time.
Adjourn (6:06 pm)
Mueller moved and Mendoza seconded to adjourn, motion carried.