Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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May 21, 2013

Split board OKs fund to maintain TREC

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In other action Monday, the board voted 8-0 to create a new fund to collect spay and neuter fees. The board had earlier this year voted to allow the county’s animal control department to charge $75 to spay or neuter dogs and puppies, and $50 to do the same for cats. The county expects to receive about $4,500 for the “Pet Population Control Fund.”

Also Monday, the board approved a resolution that allows Effingham County Public Transportation to seek grants to increase operating hours, as well as purchase two 24-passenger buses for the new system. As a result of the board’s action, ECPT can now seek $71,000 to fund the increased hours and $200,000 for the new buses.

Also Monday, the board reappointed Dr. James Gratz as county veterinarian and set up a new safety committee that includes Luchtefeld, Koester, board administrator Joyce Worman, Highway Department foreman Bob Westendorf, Chief Probation Officer Cheryl Meyers and Health Department adminstrator Kim Esker. Niemann said the county’s human resources consultant suggested forming the committee in an effort to implement procedures that would reduce the county’s workers’ compensation costs.

The board also honored Dennis Bushur on his retirement as the county’s maintenance supervisor, as well as probation clerk Jill Buhnerkempe for her 25 years of service to the county. Buhnerkempe had worked in the circuit clerk’s office for 20 years before moving over to the probation office.

Bill Grimes can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 132, or bill.grimes@effinghamdailynews.com.

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