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Monday, November 11, 2019

Grundy County County Board met September 10

By Michael Abella | Nov 8, 2019

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Grundy County County Board met Sept. 10.

Here is the minutes provided by the board:

I. Call to Order / Pledge of Allegiance

Chairman Balkema called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

II. Roll Call

Attendee Name

 Title

Status

Millie Dyer

Board Member

Present

Ann Gill

Board Member

Absent

Eric Rasmusson

Board Member

Present

Ken Iverson

Board Member

Present

Deb Warning

Board Member

Present

Harold Vota

Board Member

Present

Doug Boresi

Board Member

Present

Mike Onorato

Board Member

Present

Debra Jo Kinsella

Board Member

Present

Chris Balkema

Chairman

Present

Don Hansen

Vice Chairman

Present

Lana Phillips

Board Member

Present

Jim Ryan

Board Member

Present

David Valdivia

Board Member

Present

Greg Ridenour

Board Member

Present

Drew Muffler

Board Member

Present

James Olson

Board Member

Present

Ellen Hanson

Board Member

Present

III. Public Recognition / Public Comments

Edward Shannon, of the Downers Grove Sportsmen Club, 4700 Old Stage Rd, Morris, told the Board about the First Responders Appreciation Dinner they will be hosting on Sunday, October 13th. He invited the Board to attend the dinner and asked them to help make all first responders in the County aware of this event.

Pastor Rick Barnard, Morris, addressed the Board regarding the Cannabis items on the Board's agenda. He presented much information and research and presented packets of the information to the Board. He urged the Board to ban the sale of recreational marijuana in the areas where Grundy County has the authority.

Floyd Clark, of Morris, spoke to the Board and stated that he is in opposition of the selling of recreational marijuana in Grundy County. He congratulates and supports our local law enforcement, and the good job they do in keeping drugs out of our community. He asked the Board to consider the damage that could be done, and urged them to not allow the retail sale of marijuana for recreational use.

IV. Approval of Minutes

1. County Board - Regular Meeting - Aug 13, 2019 6:00 PM

It was MOVED by Board Member Vota and SECONDED by Board Member Warning that the Board accept the Minutes from the August 13, 2019 regular County Board Meeting. Chairman Balkema declared MOTION PASSED by unanimous voice vote. MOTION CARRIED.

RESULT: ACCEPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER: Harold Vota, Board Member

SECONDER: Deb Warning, Board Member

AYES: Dyer, Rasmusson, Iverson, Warning, Vota, Boresi, Onorato, Kinsella, Hansen, Phillips, Ryan, Valdivia, Ridenour, Muffler, Olson, Hanson

ABSENT: Gill

V. Reports - Appointed Officials

A. Land Use Director

Land Use Director, Heidi Miller, addressed the Board regarding the three land use items which required Board action.

1. Approve Renewal of Amendment for the FFP IL Community Solar, LLC Motter Grandridge Solar Farm

It was MOVED by Board Member Ryan and SECONDED by Board Member Kinsella that the Board approve 18-ZBA-011, the extension of Ordinance #2018-016, FFP IL Community Solar, LLC/Motter Grandridge. Chairman Balkema declared MOTION PASSED by unanimous voice vote. MOTION CARRIED.

RESULT: APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER: Jim Ryan, Board Member

SECONDER: Debra Jo Kinsella, Board Member

AYES: Dyer, Rasmusson, Iverson, Warning, Vota, Boresi, Onorato, Kinsella, Hansen, Phillips, Ryan, Valdivia, Ridenour, Muffler, Olson, Hanson

ABSENT: Gill

2. Approve Renewal of Amendment for Special Use FFP IL Community Solar, LLC Motter Verona Solar Farm

It was MOVED by Board Member Kinsella and SECONDED by Board Member Rasmusson that the Board approve 18-ZBA-012, the extension of Ordinance #2018-017, FFP IL Community Solar, LLC/Motter Verona. Chairman Balkema declared MOTION PASSED by unanimous voice vote. MOTION CARRIED.

RESULT: APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER: Debra Jo Kinsella, Board Member

SECONDER: Eric Rasmusson, Board Member

AYES: Dyer, Rasmusson, Iverson, Warning, Vota, Boresi, Onorato, Kinsella, Hansen, Phillips, Ryan, Valdivia, Ridenour, Muffler, Olson, Hanson

ABSENT: Gill

3. Approve Amendment of Renewal of Goodfarm Solar Farm Special Use

It was MOVED by Board Member Vota and SECONDED by Board Member Kinsella that the Board approve 18-ZBA-016, the extension of Ordinance #2018-019 - Goodfarm Solar, LLC. Chairman Balkema declared MOTION PASSED by unanimous voice vote. MOTION CARRIED.

RESULT: APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER: Harold Vota, Board Member

SECONDER: Debra Jo Kinsella, Board Member

AYES: Dyer, Rasmusson, Iverson, Warning, Vota, Boresi, Onorato, Kinsella, Hansen, Phillips, Ryan, Valdivia, Ridenour, Muffler, Olson, Hanson

ABSENT: Gill

B. County Highway Engineer

County Engineer, Eric Gibson, addressed the Board regarding the two Highway Department items which required Board action.

1. Purchase of New Pick Up Truck for Highway Department

It was MOVED by Board Member Kinsella and SECONDED by Board Member Hansen that the Board approve the purchase of new Pick Up Truck for the Highway Department, not to exceed $29,000. Upon roll call, said MOTION PREVAILED by the following vote. MOTION CARRIED.

RESULT: APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER: Debra Jo Kinsella, Board Member

SECONDER: Don Hansen, Vice Chairman

AYES: Dyer, Rasmusson, Iverson, Warning, Vota, Boresi, Onorato, Kinsella, Hansen, Phillips, Ryan, Valdivia, Ridenour, Muffler, Olson, Hanson

ABSENT: Gill

2. Resolution-Agreement with Central Transportation, INC. Railroad, a Virginia Corporation--Ridge Road, Minooka Extension

It was MOVED by Board Member Kinsella and SECONDED by Board Member Rasmusson that the Board approve Resolution-Agreement with Central Transportation Inc., Ridge Road extension project. It was MOVED by Board Member Onorato and SECONDED by Board Member Rasmusson that the Board accept the results of the previous roll call. MOTION CARRIED.

RESULT: APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER: Debra Jo Kinsella, Board Member

SECONDER: Eric Rasmusson, Board Member

AYES: Dyer, Rasmusson, Iverson, Warning, Vota, Boresi, Onorato, Kinsella, Hansen, Phillips, Ryan, Valdivia, Ridenour, Muffler, Olson, Hanson

ABSENT: Gill

VI. Reports - Elected Officials

A. Treasurer

1. Monthly Treasurer's Report - 8/31/19

It was MOVED by Board Member Rasmusson and SECONDED by Board Member Hansen that the Board approve the Monthly Treasurer's Report. It was MOVED by Board Member Onorato and SECONDED by Board Member Ryan that the Board accept the results of the previous roll call. MOTION CARRIED.

RESULT: APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER: Eric Rasmusson, Board Member

SECONDER: Don Hansen, Vice Chairman

AYES: Dyer, Rasmusson, Iverson, Warning, Vota, Boresi, Onorato, Kinsella, Hansen, Phillips, Ryan, Valdivia, Ridenour, Muffler, Olson, Hanson

ABSENT: Gill

B. Clerk & Recorder

1. County Clerk and Recorder Quarterly Report

It was MOVED by Board Member Phillips and SECONDED by Board Member Ryan that the Board Approve the County Clerk & Recorder Quarterly Report. Chairman Balkema declared MOTION PASSED by unanimous voice vote. MOTION CARRIED.

RESULT: APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER: Lana Phillips, Board Member

SECONDER: Jim Ryan, Board Member

AYES: Dyer, Rasmusson, Iverson, Warning, Vota, Boresi, Onorato, Kinsella, Hansen, Phillips, Ryan, Valdivia, Ridenour, Muffler, Olson, Hanson

ABSENT: Gill

VII. Reports - Board Committees

A. Finance

1. Claims Listing 08/26/2019

It was MOVED by Board Member Rasmusson and SECONDED by Board Member Phillips that the Board approve the Claims Listing from 08-26-19. It was MOVED by Board Member Onorato and SECONDED by Board Member Hansen that the Board accept the results of the previous roll call. MOTION CARRIED.

RESULT: APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER: Eric Rasmusson, Board Member

SECONDER: Lana Phillips, Board Member

AYES: Dyer, Rasmusson, Iverson, Warning, Vota, Boresi, Onorato, Kinsella, Hansen, Phillips, Ryan, Valdivia, Ridenour, Muffler, Olson, Hanson

ABSENT: Gill

2. Claims Listing 09/09/2019

It was MOVED by Board Member Rasmusson and SECONDED by Board Member Phillips that the Board approve the Claims Listing from 09-09-19. It was MOVED by Board Member Onorato and SECONDED by Board Member Ryan that the Board accept the results of the previous roll call. MOTION CARRIED.

RESULT: APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER: Eric Rasmusson, Board Member

SECONDER: Lana Phillips, Board Member

AYES: Dyer, Rasmusson, Iverson, Warning, Vota, Boresi, Onorato, Kinsella, Hansen, Phillips, Ryan, Valdivia, Ridenour, Muffler, Olson, Hanson

ABSENT: Gill

VIII. Ordinances

A. Ordinance-Imposition of 0.75% Sales Tax on All Persons Engaged in the Business of Selling Marijuana in the Incorporated Areas of Grundy County

Chairman Balkema led a lengthy discussion regarding the Ordinance - Imposition of a 0.75% Sales Tax on All Persons Engaged in the Business of Selling Marijuana. He told the Board that the Finance Committee and the Tax Committee had both recommended the imposition of this tax to the Full Board. He explained this tax would only be imposed on those businesses in the Incorporated areas of the County. He also told the Board there are still many unanswered questions at the State level on what exactly this tax money could be used for.

Grundy County Health Administrator, Michelle Pruim, addressed the Board and represented the Board of Health's position on the sale and distribution of recreational marijuana in the County. She spoke on the research of public health officials and it's findings of the strong negative effects of marijuana abuse.

Chairman Balkema relayed some points from Sheriff Ken Briley, who was not able to attend the meeting. He stressed that Grundy County does not have adequate roadside checks for the testing of people under the influence of marijuana. Concern with our adolescents belief that marijuana is ok if it is considered legal by our governing bodies. Also, the real possibility of increases in traffic accidents and fatalities, due to the data shown from other states.

Coroner John Callahan also addressed the Board and spoke on the domino effect of this new law, and how it will affect many different departments in the County.

State's Attorney Jason Helland updated the Board in depth on the newly passed law, and answered several questions.

It was MOVED by Board Member Vota and SECONDED by Board Member Warning that the Board approve Ordinance-Imposition of 0.75% Sales Tax on all Persons Engaged in Business of Selling Marijuana. Upon roll call, said MOTION PREVAILED by the following vote. MOTION CARRIED.

RESULT: APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER: Harold Vota, Board Member

SECONDER: Deb Warning, Board Member

AYES: Dyer, Rasmusson, Iverson, Warning, Vota, Boresi, Onorato, Kinsella, Hansen, Phillips, Ryan, Valdivia, Ridenour, Muffler, Olson, Hanson

ABSENT: Gill

IX. New Business

A. Provide Recommendation to the Zoning Board of Appeals to Consider a Petition to Amend the T ext of the Zoning Ordinance to Permit or Prohibit Recreational Cannabis Establishments in Unincorporated Grundy County

It was MOVED by Board Member Warning and SECONDED by Board Member Kinsella that the Board approve Recommendation to have the Land Use Department petition text amendment to Zoning Board of Appeals that would prohibit recreational cannabis businesses in Unincorporated Grundy County. Upon roll call, said MOTION PREVAILED by the following vote. MOTION CARRIED.

RESULT: APPROVED [15 TO 1]

MOVER: Deb Warning, Board Member

SECONDER: Debra Jo Kinsella, Board Member

AYES: Dyer, Rasmusson, Iverson, Warning, Vota, Boresi, Kinsella, Hansen, Phillips, Ryan, Valdivia, Ridenour, Muffler, Olson, Hanson

NAYS: Onorato

ABSENT: Gill

B. Approve Order & List of Jurors for Petit Jury

It was MOVED by Board Member Phillips and SECONDED by Board Member Olson that the Board Approve the Order & List of Jurors for Petit Jury. Chairman Balkema declared MOTION PASSED by unanimous voice vote. MOTION CARRIED.

RESULT: APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER: Lana Phillips, Board Member

SECONDER: James Olson, Board Member

AYES: Dyer, Rasmusson, Iverson, Warning, Vota, Boresi, Onorato, Kinsella, Hansen, Phillips, Ryan, Valdivia, Ridenour, Muffler, Olson, Hanson

ABSENT: Gill

X. Closed Session

A. Personnel 5 ILCS 120/2 (c) (1)

1. Motion to enter into Closed Session

It was MOVED by Board Member Phillips and SECONDED by Board Member Kinsella that the Board enter into Closed Session at 7:34 p.m. in order to discuss Personnel matters. Upon roll call, said MOTION PREVAILED by the following vote. MOTION CARRIED.

RESULT: APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER: Lana Phillips, Board Member

SECONDER: Debra Jo Kinsella, Board Member

AYES: Dyer, Rasmusson, Iverson, Warning, Vota, Boresi, Onorato, Kinsella, Hansen, Phillips, Ryan, Valdivia, Ridenour, Muffler, Olson, Hanson

ABSENT: Gill

2. Motion to enter back into Open Session

It was MOVED by Board Member Vota and SECONDED by Board Member Phillips that the Board approve Motion to enter back into Open Session at 8:01 p.m. Chairman Balkema declared MOTION PASSED by unanimous voice vote. MOTION CARRIED.

RESULT: APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER: Harold Vota, Board Member

SECONDER: Lana Phillips, Board Member

AYES: Dyer, Rasmusson, Iverson, Warning, Vota, Boresi, Onorato, Kinsella, Hansen, Phillips, Ryan, Valdivia, Ridenour, Muffler, Olson, Hanson

ABSENT: Gill

XI. Motion to approve Executive Session Recommendations

1. Motion to Approve Recommendation

It was MOVED by Board Member Rasmusson and SECONDED by Board Member Ridenour that the Board Approve filling the position of Information Technology Director as discussed in closed session. Chairman Balkema declared MOTION PASSED by unanimous voice vote. MOTION CARRIED.

RESULT: APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER: Eric Rasmusson, Board Member

SECONDER: Greg Ridenour, Board Member

AYES: Dyer, Rasmusson, Iverson, Warning, Vota, Boresi, Onorato, Kinsella, Hansen, Phillips, Ryan, Valdivia, Ridenour, Muffler, Olson, Hanson

ABSENT: Gill

XII. Announcements - Next regularly scheduled COBD Meeting is October 8, 2019 at 6:00 pm

XIII. "Something Good for Grundy County"

Board Member Muffler reminded the Board to not forget the upcoming 9/11 remembrance day, and to stay vigilant.

XIV. Adjournment

XV.County Board Adjournment

It was MOVED by Board Member Vota and SECONDED by Board Member Iverson that the Board vote their usual mileage and per diem and adjourn at 8:04 p.m. to Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 6:00 p.m., for the next regularly scheduled County Board Meeting.

KAY T. OLSON CLERK

RESULT: APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER: Harold Vota, Board Member

SECONDER: Ken Iverson, Board Member

AYES: Dyer, Rasmusson, Iverson, Warning, Vota, Boresi, Onorato, Kinsella, Hansen, Phillips, Ryan, Valdivia, Ridenour, Muffler, Olson, Hanson

ABSENT: Gill

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