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Animal Control Director salary set at $45,000

Lucas Domonousky Breeze-Courier Writer

CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Audit, Finance and Purchasing Committee of the Christian County Board concluded the Board’s committee meetings for the month of March on Wednesday in the Courthouse. Onemember,VickiMcMahon, was absent.

The committee reviewed the Christian County Animal Control (CCAC) director’s salary. As it currently sits, the salary for the CCAC director is $40,500. A recommendation from the Executive Committee was to increase the salary to $45,000. Dwanna Kelmel is acting as the interim Director at the moment but a more permanent solution may be the case.

“That’s my hope. I don’t want a turnaround,” County Board Chairman Bryan Sharp said. “We don’t have to show her the ropes. I believe I will be able to work with her to try and find some common ground there with Animal Control and find a way to settle things down out there that is palatable to this board and myself.”

Kelmel has been with Christian County Animal Control since 2018 and her loyalty is greatly appreciated by the committee and the board. The motion to approve the $45,000 salary passed unanimously.

A motion to remove a parcel of property, R2023 TR 033, from the Delinquent Tax List passed.

The Executive Committee also referred the question of spending about $13,200 in ARPA Funds for 17 Surface Go 3 tablets. The tablets will provide County Board members with many benefits including paperless information, easy access to email and seamless presentations. The CTI package includes a secure County Board email server, malware firewall protection and an around the clock maintenance provided. The motion to approve the use of funds passed unanimously.

Committee Chairman Venice McWard reminded the committee of the Carbon Capture and Storage Ordinance meeting on Thursday, Mar. 16, which will be held in the Edinburg Community Building at 6:30 p.m.

Chairman Sharp, too, gave a reminder of the special meeting which will take place a day after the Full Board meeting on Mar. 21. The special meeting will be held at 6:15 on Mar. 22 and will go over all the Sheriff’s Office improvements and needs.

The meeting adjourned at 7:04 p.m.

Christian County Board members will gather for their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Mar. 21, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. in the Courthouse in Taylorville.

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