10 months, 2 weeks ago by Denise Donley
Dave Bellis replaced long time member Mike McLaughlin
The District 3 seat on the Adams County Board, held by longtime member Mike McLaughlin, was filled at Tuesday night’s meeting.
County Board members approved Dave Bellis to fill out the remainder of McLaughlin’s term and replace him on the November ballot for Adams County Board District 3.
Longtime District 3 Board member and former Chairman Mike McLaughlin, a Republican, resigned last month to take the helm of Two Rivers Regional Council. However, he had originally filed to run for re-election and asked that his name be removed from the ballot.
Bellis said it feels great to be back on the Board.
“It’s been six years since I was last on the Board. I was on for six years before that so it’s good to be back,” said Bellis. “I have big shoes to fill with McLaughlin resigning, and I congratulate him on all of his years of service.”
Bellis said he brings quite a bit to the board.
“Experience, knowledge and a business mindset. I’ve been a business owner for 34 years, and I want to bring that back.”
Kent Snider was approved as the new chairman of the Transportation, Building and Technology committee, taking over for McLaughlin. Rick Genenbacher was unanimously approved to take McLaughlin’s title as Vice Chair of the County board as well.
In other business, the prevailing wage was approved by a 15-5 vote. Lyle Nichols, Board member, opposed the resolution, saying “This is biggest rip off of the Illinois taxpayers’ money.”
The Finance committee reported the fiscal year budget is six months through the year and in a solid position compared to a year ago.
Duane Venvertloh, Finance Chairman, reported the County has used 51% of budget and is 50% through the year.
“We’re not where the budget was six or seven years ago, but we are not going downhill by any means,” said Venvertloth.
Something new, the Finance committee will be asking each department head and elected official to submit an additional budget appropriation.
Regarding the Adams County Sheriff’s Department, three new squad cars will be going into rotation this month. The Department received an $8,572 law enforcement justice assistance grant to help pay for some of the add-ons for the new patrol cars.
Also, the contract to house federal prisoners has been signed. The Adams County Jail will soon begin housing federal prisoners for money, but Sheriff Brent Fischer doesn’t have an exact date as to when that will begin at this time.
The Board also:
- approved bids to repair the sound system in the board room. Plan to be installed by the July meeting
-appointed Jeff Donley, Roger McElroy and Dale Mulch as trustees of the Lima-Tioga Fire Protection District
-reappointed Steven L. Loeschen as trustee of the Golden Fire Protection District
-approved election judges
-reappointed Michael Scott as trustee of the Liberty Fire Protection District
-approved fireworks permit for the Spring Lake Association
- approved the final plat of R & K Anderson Subdivision
-approved a one day liquor licenses the for St. Anthony Parish picnic
An informational meeting for the public will be held June 18 from 5-7 p.m.at the Holiday Inn to discuss the re-striping of 48th St.