Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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July 9, 2013

Effingham County Proposed changes bewilder county officials

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"They would take our ordinances and put them in book form," Niemann said. "They would also compare the ordinances to each other, as well as to state and federal law to make sure there are no conflicts."

Board member David Campbell suggested the committee table the idea until the company could be checked out.

"This would give us a chance to do some research," Campbell said.

The committee also recommended the apppointment of Blair Jenson to the county Health Board for a two-year term. But on the heels of a visit from Health Department administrator Kim Esker after the meeting, that appointment may be up for review.

Esker, who had been told an incorrect time for the meeting, told Niemann after the meeting adjourned that the board had never had any input on Health Board appointees, other than to offer final approval.

"My issue is that it's never been done that way," Esker said. "I have someone who's been on the board 23 years who thinks he's getting pushed aside."

Esker said that member, banker Andy Grunloh, whose term is expiring, offers an important financial perspective to the board that would not be easily replaced if he is not reappointed.

"I'm not saying anything about anybody who applied," Esker said. "I have not seen the applications, so I do not know. We just feel blindside by this."

Niemann said state law allows the county board to approve all appointments.

"We are trying to encourage more people to get involved," the chairman said.

Esker said she would speak at next Monday's meeting of the full board.

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

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