OF NOTE: There will be a joint meeting of McLean County, Town of Normal and City of Bloomington on Monday Sept 30th at 5pm in the ISU Alumni Center and will include presentations by the McLean County Chamber of Commerce; the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau; and the Bloomington Normal Economic Development Council.
With the 2020 Budget under discussion, each meeting has a fair number of items that are of interest. This section would be almost as long as the actual summary itself. Please feel free to browse the summary on my webpage with all the active links for Committee Meeting agendas with attachments.
If you wish to speak at the committee meetings, you must notify the County Administrator, Ms Camille Rodriguez, 24 hours in advance of the meeting with your name and topic you wish to speak on. Public Comment Statute
Clicking on Committee name links below will take you to the Agenda with attachments on the County’s Website
3:00 pmHEALTH Departmental matters: Michelle Welch and Jason Tabb will present Healthcare Reports from Adult & Juvenile detention centers. Tammy Brooks (Interim Director of Health Department) will request amendments of McLean County Code stated fees for Sewage Disposal/Water Wells/Geothermal Exchange systems and Food Service fees in accordance with annual 3% increase, and Budget amendment to reflect receipt of Local Health Protection Grand for $60,240 and line item expenditures for associated purchases of vaccine refrigerators, freezer, and aging equipment for tracking vaccines; as well as present Monthly and General Report. The Health Department is hosting Flu immunization clinics now through early November at various locations in town. Cindy Wegner (director of the County Nursing Home) will present Monthly and General Reports. Camille Rodriguez, the County Administrator, will review the 2020 recommended budget:
-Tort Judgment for Correctional Health Service (Greater Revenue than expense),
-Health Department (Dental program covers its costs with Grant/Fee Revenue; WIC covered by Grant and $50K from un-appropriated fund balance; Preventative Health Program fully funded by multiple Grants; Family Case Management fully funded by multiple Grants; Communicable Diseases Program funded by West Nile Virus grant and multiple grants to prevent spread of AIDS; Persons with Developmental Disability fully funded by $745k in Property taxes)
-Health Department Fund Programs (Mental Health programs funded by $1.3M in Property Taxes and $60k from MHFA and MHAB funds; Environmental Health funded by Property taxes, fees and grants totaling $950k; Personal Health Services are funded by Property taxes, Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement, fees, grants and insurance payments totaling $490k; Health Dept Admin Support is funded by Property taxes, fees, grants and un-appropriated fund balance totaling $600k; Immunization Program is funded by Property taxes, Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement, fees, grants and insurance payments totaling $601k; Health Promotion is funded by Property taxes, reimbursement for services, and un-appropriated fund balance payments totaling $351k; Problem solving courts are funded with $209k of Property taxes; Community Outreach is funded by Service Education Grant, Immunization Fees, and Insurance payments totaling $192k; TB Care & treatment is funded by Property taxes, Medicaid, fees, and Insurance payments for total of $270k).
County Administrator will also report on Recent Employment Activities (1 WIC nutritionist, 4 CNAs, 1 LPN), and General Report.
8:00 am TRANSPORTATION Departmental Action Items: Requests approvals of First Amendment to Road Upgrade & Maintenance Agreement for Blooming Grove Wind Energy LLC to add 7.3 miles of County Highway to the original agreement and adds lump sum payment to begin design work for reconstruction; and of the Fiscal Year 2020 Highway Department Budget & 5 year plan (Major changes reflect increased Revenue/Projects of $2.8M from Wind Farms for Road Upgrades, $500k for RUA reimbursements, and $1.5M from new state increased Motor Fuel Tax). Information: Jerry Stokes (County Engineer) will present summaries of ongoing projects: Jefferson St (Towanda), Money Creek II Bridge, Old Colonial Road, and Gillum Road. Adjournment.
4:30 pmJUSTICE Departmental matters: Jon Sandage (Sheriff), Kathy Yoder (Coroner), Don Knapp (State’s Attorney), Mike Donovan (Interim Director of Court Services), Don Everhart (Circuit Clerk), Carla Barnes (Public Defender) and Molly Evans (director of Children’s Advocacy Center) will present statistics and General Report. In addition, Coroner will request approval of agreement for development of State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System and Budget adjustment for drug testing to be completed as part of the agreement and funded by grant in the amount of $12,058; State’s Attorney will present Caseload and Forfeiture Fund Report; and Children’s Advocacy Center will request approval of software agreement with Evinto Solutions, LLC for case & volunteer management software, and subcontract between CASA and McLean county for salary and partial fringe benefit coverage ($53,745) for Volunteer Recruitment & Training Case manager.
Camille Rodriguez (County Administrator) will review the 2020 recommended budget:
-Coroner’s Office (County covers expenses that exceed the fee revenue, estimating expense excess to be $516k), Merit Board (approx. 2/10 of a Full Time employee and supplies- $15k covered by county)
-Sheriff’s Department (Records indicate the Sheriff’s office is understaffed and we are expending close to $680k/yr for overtime pay in Law Enforcement, Investigations, and Jail operations; all Sheriff Dept expenses come to an estimated 2020 cost of $9.8M to taxpayers after Revenue and Grants are accounted for)
-Circuit Clerk (County covers expenses that exceed the fee revenue, estimating expense excess to be $1M following repeal of many Court Fees)
-Court Services (Change in reimbursement rates from the State and Veteran’s Court Grant resulting in decrease of burden on County, estimated expense excess to be $1.3M which is down from $1.8M)
-Probation Services (takes in sufficient Revenue/Grant funds to cover costs)
-State’s Attorney’s Office (County covers expenses that exceed the fee/grant/salary reimbursement revenue, estimating expense excess to be $2.3M).
County Administrator will also give report on Employment Activities to hire 2 new Visitor Aids for Sheriff’s Office and General Report.
7:00 pm ZONING BOARD will consider 3 applications: Case ZV-19-03 from John & Rozanna Spencer requesting variance allowing for larger square footage on accessory building in Dawson Township, Case ZV-19-04 from Scott Henrich requesting variance to allow a new family dwelling to be closer to property line than standards allow in Bloomington Township, and Case SU-19-11 from Pavel Portnoy to allow for a Vehicle Repair shop in a C-Commercial district in Bloomington IL.
4:30 pm FINANCE Kathy Michael (County Clerk), Marshell Thomson (Director of Animal Control), and Becky McNeill (Treasurer) will present for information the Monthly and General Report. In addition, County Treasurer will file the County’s Monthly financial report. Camille Rodriguez (County Administrator) will review the 2020 recommended budget
-Animal Control General Fund (No major changes for the coming year, this department operates taking in more money than it expends based on contributions around $130k)
-Veteran’s Assistance Commission (fully funded services from property taxes and an Un-appropriated Fund Balance for total of $192k)
-Cooperative Extension (fully funded services from property taxes for total of $375K, which is down from $500k)
-Historical Museum (fully funded services from property taxes for total of $61k for maintenance)
-BEC (expenditures are covered by the County and a $100K reimbursement for services)
-Supervisor of Assessments (services funded by the County with partial reimbursement by the state for $48k to cover half of department head salary)
-Tort Judgment Fund Risk Mgmt/Civil Division (budgeting $2.1M for 2020 liability claims and staff expenses)
-County Treasurer (fully funds department with fees, late fees, and interest on investments)
-County Auditor (funded by the County to provide audit services at a cost of $177k)
-County Clerk (Elections- 4 early voting sites Government Center, Eastland Mall and 2 locations on ISU Campus- Bone and Watterson Towers; new computer equipment for $1.2M, new software for $154K & more judges for $247k to speed registration, check in and voting for a total increase of $600k over previous budgets as we head into a Presidential Election; In Records and Legal records departments the County takes in more fees that expenses to run the departments).
County Administrator will also request approval of agreement with independent expert to recommend which method of revenue/expense recording is best; and report on recent employment to hire 1 Accounting Specialist, and provide General Report.
3:30 pmLAND USE Action: Request approval of 3 items: 1- waiver and approval of one-lot subdivision for Kerah Shumate & Mabel Denton for Mackinaw Acres Subdivision, 2- review 2020 Budget for Building & Zoning (anticipate $156,000 additional revenue in permit fees for 97 new wind turbines), and 3- review 2020 Budget for Waste Management Program (Landfill hosting fees have decreased and contractual services have decreased due to closing of the landfill). Information: Camille Rodriguez (County Administrator) will update committee regarding positions filled, next proposed meeting date, and General Report.
4:45 pm PROPERTY Action: Request approval to promote the Facilities Maintenance Supervisor and name him as Facility Maintenance Director by eliminating the supervisor role, this will allow Assistant County Administrator to focus on administrative duties (he is currently operating both roles at this time, and this will improve response time in Facility management department), and approve pay increase with the promotion. Camille Rodriguez (County Administrator) will review the 2020 recommended budget:
-Parks & Rec (Operating expenses show estimated 2.3% decrease; improvements requested: repairs to Beach House-$10K, New Bait/Rental Building-$25K matching MC Sportsmen’s Association, Road Repairs-$35K, Mower Replacement-$15K, purchase New Pontoon as a rental-$17K, and expansion of Rte 66 Bike Trail-$60K)
-Juvenile Det Center (biggest increase in spending is $60K on camera system to meet safety requirements)
-Metcom, 200 W Front St (begin repayment of loan to repair elevator and bring up to code)
-Old Courthouse (budget remains similar with no major projects but I know they are waiting on grant to upgrade bathrooms and HVAC system)
-Law & Justice Center (upgrades and maintenance large expenses for Coroner’s cooler $115k & cabinets $25k; Dispatch door replacement $14k)
-Fairview Building (we $10-$15k every year to maintain this building and are looking to put it to eliminate that expense)
-Animal Control (Replacing 2 HVAC systems- $18k, and new coating for the roof $8k)
-Government Center (purchasing single man lift for $9k as currently must share with other buildings).
Finally, we will be asked to approve purchase of a new riding lawn mower ($2,199) to replace one in need of significant repairs. Information: County Administrator will update committee regarding positions filled, next proposed meeting date, and General Report.
Many thanks if you have made it through this week’s round up!