By Kendra Hennis
The meeting of the Douglas County Board was called to order at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18.
During the consent agenda, the board approved ordinance 22-O-8 establishing the compensation of the Douglas County Treasurer. The total compensation for the Douglas County Treasurer is as follows: beginning December 1, 2022 – $73,435.00; beginning December 1, 2023 – $77,107.00; beginning December 1, 2024 – $80,962.00; and beginning December 1, 2025 – $85,010.00. Also approved was a $6,500 yearly stipend payment from the State of Illinois. The board additionally approved ordinance 22-O-9 establishing the compensation of the Douglas County Clerk and Recorder. The total compensation for the Douglas County Clerk is as follows: beginning December 1, 2022 – $73,435.00; beginning December 1, 2023 – $77,107.00; beginning December 1, 2024 – $80,962.00; and beginning December 1, 2025 – $85,010.00. Also approved was a $6,500 yearly stipend payment from the State of Illinois. Also approved was ordinance 22-O-10 establishing the compensation of the Douglas County Sheriff. It was noted that “the State shall furnish 66 (2/3rds) percent of the total annual salary to be paid to a sheriff. Said amounts furnished by the State shall be payable monthly by the Department of Revenue out of the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund or the General Revenue Fund to the county in which the sheriff is elected or appointed. The county shall furnish 33 (1/3rd) percent of the total salary.”
The board then approved ordinance 22-O-11 extending for twelve months the temporary moratorium regarding the acceptance or approval of any wind energy sitting applications made pursuant to the Douglas County Wind Energy Conversion System System Ordinance (WECS) by the County Board of Douglas County. The ordinance states, “Ordinance No. 9-O-04, of Douglas County, approved by the Douglas County Board on June 17, 2009, and as amended by Ordinance No. 10-O-02 of Douglas County and Ordinance 19-O-6 of Douglas County, establishes a Wind Energy Conversions Systems Ordinance pursuant to IL State Statute 55 ILCS 5/5-12020 to institute regulations for siting Wind Energy Conversion Systems (“WECS”) outside the 1/5 mile zone extraterritorial jurisdiction of Douglas County municipalities.” It continues “Now, therefore, it be ordained by the Douglas County Board of Douglas County as follows: Section 1. Moratorium. No wind energy conversion system siting applications being made pursuant to WECS Ordinance shall be accepted or approved within Douglas County, outside the 1/5-mile zone extraterritorial jurisdiction of Douglas County, Illinois, municipalities, with a moratorium on accepting or approving such applications effective for a period of 12 months, commencing this date of May 18, 2022 and said moratorium shall continue through May 17, 2023. Section 2. Study. The County Board of Douglas County, either by the Whole or in Sub-Committee, will investigate the issues surrounding the siting of renewable energy conversion systems within Douglas County and will consider possible revision of the WECS Ordinance as may be needed to preserve public safety, natural resources, property values, aesthetic conditions and property rights within Douglas County more fully. Section 3. Severability. If any provision of this Ordinance is or becomes illegal, invalid, or unenforceable in any jurisdiction, that shall not affect the validity or enforceability in that jurisdiction of any other provision of this Ordinance.”
The board also:
* Approved the minutes of the April 16 regular board minutes and the April 25 special board minutes.
* Approved the transfers and/or emergency appropriations.
* Approved the payments of the county’s financial obligations.
* Approved the reports of fees of county offices.
* Approved the re-appointment of Larry D. Eastin to the Union Drainage District No. 2 of the towns of Murdock and Camargo: 64-L-9308.
* Approved resolution 22-R-10, issuing an extension of declaration of emergency due to COVID-19.
* Approved a bid proposal from Utz & Associates Architects, Inc for architectural services for the Douglas County Courthouse exterior concrete. This project includes the replacement of an existing west side concrete stair, removal and replacement of existing flagpole, replacement of existing concrete ramp, and other miscellaneous work on the Douglas County Courthouse.
* Approved a part-time hire for the probation department.
* Heard an update on the Douglas County Health Department from administrator Amanda Minor.
* Adjourned until the June 10 special meeting at 9 a.m.