Fulton County Board amends firing range regulations
The Fulton County Board met Jan. 10 to amend firing range regulations.
Here are the meeting's minutes, as provided by the board:
January 10, 2017 Fulton County Board Meeting Minutes
FULTON COUNTY BOARD
January 10, 2017
Chairman Robert Bucher called the Regular Session, January 10, 2017 meeting to order at 6:30 p. m. in Courtroom 201 at the Fulton County Courthouse in Lewistown, IL.
The Fulton County Clerk called the roll and found the following members present: Quorum met. (Present-P; Absent-A)
Carolyn Blodgett – P Vicki S. Hoke-P Craig Medus-A
Steven Bohler – P Donna Hudson-A Joe Murphy-P
Robert L. Bucher-P Lisa Joachim-A Eric Pigg-P
Roger Clark-P Dan Kumer-P Terry Pigg-P
Mary Deushane-P Jason Myetich-P Warren Potter – P
Glen Hamm-P Doug Manock-A John E. Taylor-P
Garry Hensley-P Gabrielle Manock-A Neil Williams-P
Jim Nelson, Co. Clerk, Staci Mayall Treasurer, Jeff Standard Sheriff, Justin Jochums State’s Atty.
Audra Miles Administrative Comptroller, John D Young, Executive Assistant FCB
John Froehling – Fulton Democrat, Hannah Schrodt – Canton Ledger
The Invocation was given by Member Taylor which was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag by Board members and guests.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Member Clark moved to accept and place on file the Regular Session December 13, 2016 minutes with a second from Member Deushane. Motion Carried by voice vote with all voting ayes.
ADDITIONS/DELETIONS TO AGENDA
Chairman Bucher announced several deletions; Under Deletions; the Consent item under Safety P&L; ETSB Discussion PULLED. Under Finance; Insurance Annual Enrollment PULLED. Hiring Freeze TABLED. Typo corrected under General Fund Transfer. Under Action: Liquor Control – Lake Tavern LLC; PULLED (License was approved last month.)
Member Clark made the motion to accept the agenda, with the changes as presented with a second from Member Murphy. Motion carried by voice vote will all ayes.
ANNNOUNCEMENTS, COMMUNICATIONS AND CORRESPONDENCE
Chairman Bucher said that there were several items, mainly correspondence, in the board packet; for the review of all. Bucher reminded everyone that the UCCI Legislative Reception was coming up and encourage everyone who was able to attend to contact John Young, who could make the arrangements. Bucher stated that he and Member Taylor would be in attendance.
Bucher turned the floor over the Member Taylor who spoke about the many benefits of the UCCI Leadership Academy. Taylor stated that if he signed up again, the UCCI would accept his application but he was hesitant to do so as it would prevent someone else from doing so. Taylor vigorously encouraged the board to send someone else to the leadership conference. Taylor concluded that this program was not easy but was well worth the efforts that someone with the desire to better serve others would put forth.
Bucher announced that there were documents included in the packet that outlined the changes that the City of Canton were intending on making to their TIF district, adding that he and Rick Regnier would be in attendance at that meeting.
Bucher said that another letter from the City of Canton thanking the county for its quick work when the explosion occurred on 17th of November. Bucher continued by highlighting the extraordinary work of Sheriff Jeff Standard and his men as well as the excellent works of Chris Helle, ESDA Director.
Bucher concluded the announcements with the Public Hearing scheduled by the Illinois State Depart. Of Agriculture regarding Memory Lane Acres, LLC/Cleer Farms, LLC. Bucher began by saying there was information on the hog confinement being purposed by Duncan Mills. Bucher sighted the numerous delays caused by the holidays and the lack of clarity on the application of which name would be used to identify the site, Cleer Farms, LLC or Memory Lane Acres, LLC, Bucher had made the decision to ask for the public hearing. Bucher said that Young had been in daily contact with staffers with the Department of Agriculture trying to get clarification on the name and aiding them with finding a location for the public hearing to be held. Young had done an excellent job coordinating with the Department of Agriculture and helping them find a place to hold the hearing. Bucher concluded his remarks by stating the Public Hearing for Memory Lane Acres LLC/Cleer Farms, LLC would be on the 25th of January, at 6:00 pm in the Lewistown High School Auditorium. Bucher encouraged all to attend.
County Clerk Jim Nelson read the resolution honoring John Clark for his many years of service to Fulton County. Chairman Bucher moved to approve the proclamations with a second from Member Clark. Motion carried by voice vote with all voting ayes.
County Clerk Jim Nelson read the resolution honoring Anita Mann for her many years of service to Fulton County. Chairman Bucher moved to approve the proclamations with a second from Member Clark. Motion carried by voice vote with all voting ayes. Mann was given the floor to make remarks; she stated that the workers make the county function and she encouraged the board, not the layoff any personnel.
Daran Deushane from Lewistown spoke about the CAFO that was purposed to be built in the area. Deushane sighted the major impact to the area’s environment and that PSW was not operating in a responsible, perhaps illegal manner. He asked that officials do what they can to stop the application from going through. Deushane outlined how this sort of operation would impact how their family and other family farms would continue to operate.
Greg Juergens from Lewistown spoke on the CAFO, Memory Lane Acres LLC. Juergens provided documentation on the biological and air quality impact that this CAFO would have on the area, his remarks were brief and presented the information to the board.
Craig Porter from Ipava spoke on the CAFO, Memory Lane Acres LLC. Porter, an elected official of Isabel Township, addressed the problem that Memory Lane Acres LLC would bring to the inadequate roadways near the property they were purposing to use. Porter stated that the one lane gravel road could not support the truck traffic the CAFO would produce. Porter added that Farmland Partners were buying up land across the nation and held over 100,000 acres. Porter finished by saying the road are inadequate and the township could not afford to pay for upgrading it.
Richard Cleer from Bernadotte Township spoke on how his family’s trademark name Cleer Farms was in no way related to the CAFO that was being proposed. Cleer presented documents to the board from his attorney. The attorney had gotten Cleer Farms, a trademarked name, removed from the CAFO’s application paperwork but the Department of Agriculture was still linking Memory Lane Acres, LLC with Cleer Farms, LLC. Cleer wanted everyone to know that there was not a link between the two operations, he felt the state was not taking into consideration his family’s concerns, and he asked that any further mention of the CAFO not include his family’s name.
Member T. Pigg moved to approve the consent agenda as presented with a second from Member Potter. The floor was opened up to discussion; none was made. Bucher called for a roll call vote; the consent agenda was approved 15 ayes, 1 nay.
1. Claims- Supervisor of Assessments, Board of Review, Fulton County Camp & Rec, Zoning, Property, ESDA, Sheriff, Jail, Animal Control, Merit, County Board, Public Defender, Spay/Neuter Program, Health/Clayberg, Highway, MISC.,ROE
1. Reports- Animal Control, VAC, Website, Treasurer
2. Other Reports- Public Defender, State’s Attorney/Circuit Clerk, Sheriff, County Clerk, FCCRA POS, Circuit Clerk General Account Six Month (June-Nov. 2016) ProAct Utilization
d. SAFETY/PERSONNEL/LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE
1. Graham Wellness Ctr. – Update on Employee Wellness Program Sign-up
2. Insurance Annual Contribution Enrollment
3. Approval of Supervisor of Assessment’s Travel Claims as Dictated by PA 099-0604
4. Report – Update from Supervisor of Assessment
5. Resolution: Extending the Board of Review
6. Hiring Freeze
7. General Fund Transfer
i. $55,000.00 From: #001-595.102-017 General Funds
To: #001-475.100-103 Landfill Fund
8. Other Fund Transfer
9. General Fund Immediate Emergency Appropriations
10. Other Fund Immediate Emergency Appropriations
1. Resolution: Amending Firing Range Regulations
g. PUBLIC WORKS & HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT
h. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND TOURISM
SAFETY/PERSONNEL/LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE – None
FINANCE/INSURANCE – None
ZONING – None
PUBLIC WORKS & HIGHWAY – None
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & TOURISM – None
PROPERTY – None
HEALTH – None
Mayall began her report by outlining the corrections that were made to the monthly financials. Mayall next presented a report outlining the investment checking from 2011 through 2017 and provided a review fiscal year by fiscal year. Mayall next reported on the approximate deficit the county was facing with the addition of the health insurance costs that were added in. Mayall concluded her report with an outline of the county’s CDs and bonds.
a. Discussion/Action: Approval of Lake Tavern LLC. License Pulled as it was approved at the December meeting.
OTHER – None
REASON(s) for Executive Session: Semi-Annual Review of Executive Sessions from June 2016 thru Dec. 2016.
Member Clark made the motion to enter into executive session with a second from Member Hensley. The motion carried with a roll call vote all ayes.
Time: 7:12 pm
Member Clark made the motion to leave the executive session with a second from Member Hensley. The motion carried with a roll call vote all ayes.
Time: 7:14 pm
Member Taylor made the motion to keep the executive session minutes sealed with a second from Member Myetich. The motion carried with a roll call vote all ayes.
Member Clark made the motion to adjourn the meeting with a second from Member Blodgett at 7:29 p.m. The motion carried by voice vote. The next Fulton County Board meeting will be held February 14th, 2017 at 6:30 pm, Fulton County Courthouse, Room 201, Lewistown, IL.
James I. Nelson, Fulton County Clerk &
Ex-Officio Clerk of the Fulton County Board
C E R T I F I C A T I O N
I, Robert L. Bucher, Chairman of the Fulton County Board, State of Illinois, do hereby certify that I have examined the record of the January 10th, 2017 Regular Session of the County Board of Fulton County, Illinois and find the same to be true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief, this day approve the same.
Witness this 14th day of February, 2017.
Robert L. Bucher
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