Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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August 13, 2013

Effingham County Committee holds off health board appointments

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The $5,900 fee is a one-time startup fee. Niemann said updates are free for the first year with a nominal charge in future years.

Also Monday, the committee recommended appointing Phil Toops as the "Compliance Oversight Monitor" for the county's new public transportation system. Toops is recently retired from a career with Effingham Truck Sales.

Toops' appointment must also be approved by the Illinois Department of Transportation and CEFS, the operators of Effingham County Public Transit.

The committee also discussed a possible truancy ordinance that would make parents responsible for their children who have more than 18 unexcused absences during any one school year. State's Attorney Bryan Kibler said he'd like to make the parents subject to an ordinance violation that could subject them to fines of up to $500.

"We're trying to hit parents in the pocketbook so they will send Johnny or Susie to school," Kibler said.

Kibler said there's at least five or six children in the county who have more than 30 unexcused absences.

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