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TAYLORVILLE — The Highway, Buildings, Grounds, Environmental, Zoning and Welfare committee of the Christian County Board met at the Courthouse in Taylorville at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8.
Committee Chairman Thomas Snyder Jr. began the meeting by requesting an amendment be made to the agenda moving the item labeled “Possible Funding for Water Testing in Christian County” up to the top of the list. Christian County Board, Public Health and Solid Waste Departments have been in talks regarding the Ameren Excavation site. The group has agreed to begin taking water samples to test for and contaminants within the surrounding area.
Testing kits, as well as the process itself, runs anywhere from $80-$100.
The committee approved a motion to allow for an amount not to exceed $2,000 for water testing kits and processing costs, subject to approval by Finance Committee and the full board.
Solid Waste Director, Shawn Hammers, trimmed up the verbiage a tad by suggesting an amendment be made which added a half-mile radius of the site. The amended motion passed unanimously.
From there, the meeting went into reports from the various county directors. Zoning Director Blake Tarr, said in Dec. 2023, $4,001 in permit revenue collected for eight applications submitted, two on-sight inspections conducted and the notification of lack of Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) meetings for the months of December and January, but acknowledged they will meet for the month of February.
Solid Waste Director Shawn Hammers was up next to provide his monthly report which included seven open dump inspections and two landfill inspections conducted. He explained the Solid Waste office has compiled data regarding the total number of pounds collected through its residential recycling program from 1994-2014. Provided was the data which displayed the office’s previous historical impact on waste diverted from the landfill totaled well over 16 million pounds.
Christian County Animal Control Director Dwanna Kelmel informed of six dogs reclaimed, eight adopted, seven cats reclaimed and three were taken to a barn. The shelter’s revenue included $4,680 in rabbie tags; $940 in adoption fees; $190 in reclaim fees; $175 in stamping fees; and in $3,420 in donations. Kelmel also informed of the new law which went into effect on Jan. 1. It states all veterans, with proper identification, are entitled to a free adoption.
Courthouse and Building Business was provided by Courthouse Maintenance Supervisor Ron Brown. He explained the shipping container located on the south side of the courthouse is currently being used to store windows. The Courthouse window replacement project will begin today, Tuesday, Jan. 9. The HVAC project within the building is slated to start Thursday, Jan. 11.
With no other matters being presented before the committee the motion to adjourn was made and approved at 7:06 p.m. The Executive, Personnel, Liquor and Legislative Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at the Christian County Courthouse.