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Grundy County Animal Control/Highway/Transit Committee met December 20

By Corazon L. Gonzales | Jan 27, 2019


Grundy County Animal Control/Highway/Transit Committee met December 20. 

Here is the minutes as provided by the committee:

I. Call to Order


Meeting Called to Order at 4:31 PM

Attendee Name    Title                    Status    Arrived

Eric Rasmusson   Vice Chairman   Present

Harold Vota           Board Member       Present

Doug Boresi          Board Member       Present

Debra Jo Kinsella  Board Member       Present

Don Hansen           Board Member      Present

Jim Ryan                Board Member      Present

Greg Ridenour       Board Member      Late

Also present were:

Chris Balkema -County Board Chairman

George Gray -County Administrator

Eric Gibson -County Engineer

Sue Gale -Animal Control Director

Sherey Zerbian -Transit Director

II. Public Comment

      No comment

III. Approval of Minutes

      1. Motion to Approve the Minutes of 11-20-18

            RESULT:          APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

            MOVER:          Harold Vota, Board Member

            SECONDER:    Jim Ryan, Board Member

            AYES:               Rasmusson, Vota, Boresi, Kinsella, Hansen, Ryan

            ABSENT:           Ridenour

IV. Transit Claims

      1. Transit Claims

             RESULT:           APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

             MOVER:           Jim Ryan, Board Member

              SECONDER:   Doug Boresi, Board Member

              AYES:              Rasmusson, Vota, Boresi, Kinsella, Hansen, Ryan

              ABSENT:          Ridenour

V. New Business Transit

Sherey Zerbian informed the committee that there is no new news to report. All staff is now in place and the operations are running smooth.

VI. Old Business Transit

Sherey informed the committee that the adopt-a-rider program is doing very well and Grundy Transit will be able to provide for 1 year of rides based on the donations received.

Sherey informed the committee that the budget for in house program versus outsourcing is very close and should be even or lower with maintenance costs expected to go down.

Jim Ryan explained that a new process for approval of claims may be in the works.

VII. Animal Control Claims

      1. Animal Control Claims

             RESULT:          APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

             MOVER:          Doug Boresi, Board Member

             SECONDER:   Jim Ryan, Board Member

             AYES:              Rasmusson, Vota, Boresi, Kinsella, Hansen, Ryan, Ridenour

VIII. Animal Control Update

Sue informed the committee that contracts are doing well but Carbon Hill declined the contract and Verona is yet to respond.

Sue has reached out to vendors to request 45-60 day payment period to line up with committee approval.

Sue informed the committee that there is a steady flow of donations coming in and it is appreciated.

Animal control is full and the microchip in house is helping.

Sue mentioned that a large bill came in due to septic tank pump failure.

Sue informed the committee that health department has began collections for animal control and this is a tremendous help.

      1. December Committee Meeting Report

IX. Highway Claims

      1. Highway Claims

            RESULT:   APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

            MOVER:   Debra Jo Kinsella, Jim Ryan

            AYES:       Rasmusson, Vota, Boresi, Kinsella, Hansen, Ryan, Ridenour

X. Fuel Usage and Overtime

      1. Fuel

           On track weather has been cooperating

      2. Overtime

           Overtime is on track weather pending

XI. Review of Fuel Bids

      A. Approval of Resolution for Fuel Bid

           1. Fuel Resolution

                Bid Letting held at 10:00 am December 20,2018

                 Grainco FS =112,709.70

                  Feece Oil =125,847.47

      RESULT:         REFERRED TO COUNTY BOARD [UNANIMOUS]Next: 1/8/2019 6:00 PM

      MOVER:         Eric Rasmusson, Vice Chairman

      SECONDER:  Jim Ryan, Board Member

      AYES:             Rasmusson, Vota, Boresi, Kinsella, Hansen, Ryan, Ridenour

      B. Review of 5 year Road and Bridge Construction Plan

           i. 5 Year Plan

Eric Gibson updated the committee on the changes to the 5 year construction and bridge project list.

Doug Boresi asked why we are saving $540,000 a year for Brisbin Road. Mr. Gibson informed the committee that this saving per year was established prior to him coming on board.

Chris Balkema requested that a project by project list format be created to better see the progression and priority of the projects.

Jim Ryan brought up the topic of ideas to increase funding from companies creating increased truck traffic on County Road.

Mr. Gibson explained his plan to build a road program to add structure to County Roads.

The committee discussed seeing a break down of critical projects in order to prioritize savings for Brisbin Road and build a master plan.

Debra Jo asked if over weight trucks are allowed over restricted bridges as part of the emergency harvest program put in place by the state. Mr. Gibson informed that it is not allowed.

          ii. 5 Year Plan Map

Not available

XII. Approve Ridge Road IGA

      1. Ridge Road IGA

George Gray informed the committee of the changes made in the IGA regarding the maintenance of the utility, payment of WCGL funds, and the addition of a stamped wall concrete wall at the cost of $10,000.

There was talk about whether the $10,000 is money well spent by the County.

Chris Balkema explained the idea of a possible jurisdictional transfer of Ridge Road.

      RESULT:         REFERRED TO COMMITTEE [6 TO 0] Next: 1/8/2019 6:00 PM

      MOVER:          Harold Vota, Board Member

      SECONDER:   Jim Ryan, Board Member

      AYES:              Rasmusson, Vota, Boresi, Kinsella, Ryan, Ridenour

      RECUSED:      Hansen

XIII. Ridge Road Update

Mr. Gibson informed the committee that the department is still waiting on CN railroad for design approval and C&M agreements.

Greg Ridenour explained that legislative director with Congressman Kinzinger's office has reached out to CN director in Washington to attempt to get production out of CN.

Mr. Gibson explained that Perry Rudman has reached out to CN legal representation explain the importance of the project.

XIV. New Business Highway

Doug Boresi informed Mr. Gibson of needed ditch cleaning in Central City from Shopwerks to Namcheck Farms.

Mr. Gibson is attempting to fill vacancies within the department.

XV. Old Business Highway

      None

XVI. Executive Session

      No executive session

XVII. Action Taken on Recommendation from Executive Session

      N/A

XVIII.Adjournment

      1. Motion to Adjourn

           Adjourned at 5:50 pm

             RESULT:          APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

             MOVER:          Harold Vota, Board Member

             SECONDER:   Debra Jo Kinsella, Board Member

             AYES:              Rasmusson, Vota, Boresi, Kinsella, Hansen, Ryan, Ridenour

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