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Highway Department needs snow plow drivers

Lucas Domonousky Breeze-Courier Writer

(TAYLORVILLE) — The Christian County Board’s Highway, Buildings, Grounds, Environmental, Zoning and Welfare committee met on the second floor of the Christian County Courthouse in Taylorville on Thursday, Nov. 10, the final committee to meet before the full County Board gets together next Tuesday.

The committee heard a report from County Highway Engineer Cliff Frye there is a lack of snow plow drivers for the coming winter.

Before that though, Blake Tarr gave his Zoning Director’s report. He said for the month of October, a total $10,415 in permit fees with 13 total permit applications submitted.

He acknowledged the public concerns dealing with the removal of the Willy’s Grain Elevator which has had some difficulties due to state and railroad coordination. Tarr also explained that he has conducted five on-sight inspections and has finalized two solar projects. Lastly, he received a call being made aware of a solar farm project that is in development.

Next was Shawn Hammers, Solid Waste director who gave his report which included his interest in hazardous waste training which committee member Thomas Snyder, Jr. said would be beneficial. He has been looking into different grants to cover solid waste and education.

Hammers attended the Illinois County Solid Waste Management conference where he learned about different levels of enforcement measures the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) has and other solid waste business. He has also finished the Solid Waste Educator draft summary which will be officially presented at the Full Board meeting on Tuesday.

Under Cliff Frye’s Highway report, he said he was having a hard time finding and retaining snow plow drivers. As of Thursday, the county has a total of four drivers when seven are needed and eight is the ideal amount. Committee Chairman Dale Livingston made a motion to allow Frye to hire snow plow drivers as needed. The motion passed and will go to the full board.

Three motions were made and approved regarding the Motor Fuel Tax. They are the Maintenance Resolution, Retirement Fund Resolution and County Engineers Salary Resolution. For the final motion dealing with Highway Business, Bev Graham made the motion to allow Frye to sell a surplus mower, trailer and miscellaneous scrap.

Courthouse Maintenance Supervisor Ron Brown presented tquotes for improvements to the Courthouse. The first was for $1,813 to re-plaster and apply two coats of paint to a wall. He is to seek a quote for carpet replacement.

The meeting adjourned at 7:11 p.m.

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