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MTF bids approved by county committee

Tom Latonis Breeze-Courier Writer

(TAYLORVILLE) — Bids for Motor Fuel Tax expenditures for materials for the coming year for the county and the 27 townships in the county were approved by the Christian County Board’s Highway, Buildings and Grounds Committee during their meeting on Tuesday night in the Courthouse in Taylorville.

County Highway Engineer Cliff Frye said the bids for seal coating (oil) were about 60% higher than last year. Aggregate (rock) prices were about the same, about a two percent hike. For 49,000 gallons of the seal coat just for use on county highways, the cost was nearly $732,700. The estimate had been pegged at $597,750.

Each county township highway commissioners will also have to approve the bid price.

Bids went to Louis Marsh, Inc. of Morrisonville for the oil and Christian County Limestone and Nokomis Quarry won the majority of the bids for rock.

The situation with trespassers to a rock storage lot owned by the county west of Moweaqua will be placed on the agenda for the June meeting of the committee. Nearby resident Tom Belker complained to the committee trespassers use the lot to do doughnuts with their vehicles, then drive off. He said he has been complaining about the situation for over four-and-a-half years with no resolution. Becker said he realized the county can’t stop all of the trespassers, but he noted he and his wife are awaken during the middle of the night because of the noise.

Chairman Dale Livingston said he would check the site out and Frye said there is a no trespassing sign place on the property. One of the suggestions was to place a security camera on the property in an effort to identify the offenders.

In other business, the committee tabled Text Amendments for high voltage power lines and regulations for Carbon Capture for the Zoning Ordinance until legal counsel is hired by the Board. Christian County State’s Attorney Wes Poggenpohl made the recommendation to the committee.

Zoning and Animal Control Director Vince Harris reported more than $2,000 in donations from the public have been received for the care of 65 cats which were taken into the animal shelter’s care recently. He thanked everyone for their generosity. Harris also noted he has been attending classes for an inspector rating for the Solid Waste office. He completed classroom work in Champaign last week and an in-field training will be scheduled shortly.

He also announced a hazardous waste collection will take place on June 25 at the county fairgrounds in Taylorville.

Following some discussion, the committee authorized using up to $100 for a stump removal on the Courthouse lawn.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:55p.m.

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