MACOMB – The McDonough County Board voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a revised Wind Farm Ordinance. The previous ordinance had been approved nine years ago.
Board members had tabled a proposed ordinance last month to allow suggested additional information from the McDonough County Farm Bureau to be included. Board member Joe Erlandson submitted a June 7 rewrite as an amendment to the April 5 document considered in May.
Erlandson said the revised ordinance contains specific citations from the Illinois Agricultural Implementation and Mitigation Act, and that sections have been modified dealing with financial assurances and a wind turbine decommissioning plan.
In other business, County Board Chairman Scott Schwerer announced that sales tax collected in March was substantially higher than that collected last year. He said general sales tax was up by $45,440, the portion of sales tax used for public safety was up by $42,950, and the part of sales tax used for road repairs was up by $21,470.
The county board applauded the recent election of Gracie Murphy of Macomb as secretary of the Illinois Future Farmers of America.
“These high numbers are reflected in tax collections by other counties,” Schwerer said. “It appears the economy is coming back.” The board chairman also announced that the first distribution of 2020 property tax payments has been made.
The board approved a request for $62,750 in coronavirus prevention bonus pay to employees of the McDonough County Sheriff’s Department. Each full-time employee will receive $2,500 and part-time employees will receive $250 apiece. The funds will come from the federal American Relief Plan distribution.
Board members voted to add two members, Leyona Wiley and Melanie Rawlins, to the 708 Mental Health Board. Also approved was the appointment of the Bushnell Police Department’s Chaney Ferguson to the Emergency Telephone System 911 Board.
Appointed to three-year terms on the McDonough County Board of Health were Dr. Nicholas Doll and Andrea Ratermann. Terra Litchfield, a county board member who also serves on the Board of Health, reported that the health board has hired a consultant to assist it with the selection of the next public health administrator.
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