Sheriff Receives Law Enforcement Award; Tax Bills Next Week
By JOHN HUGGINS | For The Prairie Advocate News
MOUNT CARROLL – The Carroll County board held its regular meeting on May 16, 2013 with all board members present except Rod Fritz.
County Board Chairman Kevin Reibel congratulated Sheriff Jeff Doran for receiving the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) Law Enforcement Award.
“It’s recognition you certainly deserve, Jeff, for your activities in law enforcement in Northwest Illinois and your civic activities.” stated Reibel.
The award was created to recognize sworn law enforcement officers for conduct that promotes justice and to distinguish those individuals whose service to the public brings honor and respect to the entire criminal justice system. The award is given sparingly to recognize those who truly excel in the field of law enforcement. Only six officers received the award this year. The Carroll County Bar Association nominated Doran.
County Highway Engineer Kevin Vandendooren reported that one of his employees will be retiring. He will start the hiring process soon. He also reported that there was an estimated $55,000 in damage from the most recent flood.
Vandendooren announced that the County Engineer’s Association members from the area met with local legislators to express their concerns with dwindling Motor Fuel Tax revenues. He noted that the association is noticing money disappearing and have asked the legislators to find out where that money is going. He feels a fuel tax increase may be the best solution; however, lawmakers do not want to raise any taxes. He said the last fuel tax increase was in 1989.
He said he had applied for some bridge funds from the state for the Galena Street Bridge in Mount Carroll. Apparently, the county will receive $1.4 million of the estimated $1.7 million need to complete the repairs.
Permit Fee for Utilities
In the early 1990’s, according to Vandendooren, the county board passed a resolution to charge utility companies a $100 fee for a permit for any work within the county’s right-of-way. He stated that ComEd had recently requested permits to increase power to three properties in the county. Dave Gross from ComEd was on hand to give comment to the situation.
Gross reported that for customers requesting upgrades to increase their power load, ComEd does not charge the customer. But, in the case of this fee, the $100 would be passed on to the customer.
Vandendooren believes that the fee was probably to offset the time it took highway personnel to inspect the site. The board asked County Administrator Mike Doty to look into the resolution and report back at the next meeting. The board may want to look at either eliminating the fee, or leaving it to the discretion of the highway department as to whether or not to levy the fee.
In Other Business
Learned from Sheriff Doran that tuck-pointing above the kitchen area of the courthouse will begin soon.
State’s Attorney Scott Brinkmeier report hosting 2013 Government Day with a mock trial on May 7 with 57 eighth grade students from the three school districts of the county in attendance. Brinkmeier thanked those that assisted with the event.
Tax bills will be mailed out the week of May 20. Due dates will be July 5 and September 5.
23 zoning permits were issued in April.
Learned University of Illinois Extension for Carroll, Lee, and Whiteside counties has hired Natalie Rodakowski, a nutrition educator who specializes in diabetes.
Board member Ron Preston reported the Carroll County 4-H foundation is making great progress.