Kankakee County Community Service Committee met June 18.
Here is the minutes provided by the committee:
Ms. Webber, Ms. Parker, Mr. Snipes, Ms. Peters, Ms. Polk, Mr. Fetherling, Mr. Swanson, Mr. Carrico, Ms. Dunbar, Mr. Fairfield, Mr. Ekhoff and Ms. Zuccollo
Mr. LaGesse and Mr. Zenz
Julie Boudreau, Dan Hendrickson, Erich Blair, Lori Gadbois and Anita Speckman
The meeting was called to order by the Committee Chairperson, Ms. Webber, at 9:00 a.m. Quorum present.
2. Public Comment
3. Approval of Minutes: May 21, 2019
Ms. Dunbar made a motion to approve the minutes and Ms. Parker seconded it. Motion carried with a voice vote.
4. County Clerk – Dan Hendrickson
There were no questions or discussions from the committee.
Mr. Ekhoff made a motion to approve the monthly report, and Mr. Swanson seconded it. Motion carried with a voice vote.
5. Assessor – Erich Blair Monthly Report
Ms. Peters made a motion to approve the monthly report, and Ms. Dunbar seconded it. Motion carried with voice vote.
Mr. Blair reviewed and discussed the report with the committee.
Ms. Webber asked what topics would be on the agenda for the Farmland Review Committee.
Mr. Blair advised that there will be various topics like Solar Farms, Large Land Use, and discussions of farmland debasements.
Ms. Webber asked for a map of the approved Solar Farms at the next meeting.
Mr. Blair advised that information would come from Zoning, but he could ask for a map.
6. Recorder – Lori Gadbois • MonthlyReports
Ms. Gadbois reviewed and discussed the report with the committee.
Mr. Snipes made a motion to approve the monthly report, and Mr. Fetherling seconded it. Motion carried with a voice vote.
Ms. Webber complimented Ms. Gadbois on her involvement in Senior Fair and creating awareness of property fraud.
Ms. Gadbois instructed the committee on the ways that everyone could sign up for activity alerts within her office that helps protect home owners against fraud.
Ms. Parker applauded the State’s Attorney for hosting the Senior Fairs around the County and she is looking forward to the event in her district that is coming up.
7. Animal Control – Julie Boudreau
• Monthly Report
Mr. Fairfield made a motion to approve the monthly report, and Mr. Fetherling seconded it. Motion carried with a voice vote.
Ms. Boudreau reviewed and discussed the report with the committee.
• Monthly Statistical Data
Ms. Boudreau advised that this information is also available on the website at Chairman Wheeler’s request.
Ms. Boudreau reviewed and discussed the statistics with the committee.
• Bid Opening for 1996 Truck and Boat
Mr. Wheeler made a motion to open the sealed bid, and Mr. Fetherling seconded it. Motion carried with a voice vote.
Ms. Boudreau opened and read the bid to the committee.
Mr. Jim Vining – Bid Amount for the truck and the boat is $175.00
Mr. Wheeler asked if there was an estimated value assessed to the truck and the boat.
Ms. Boudreau advised that there was not. The boat has been sitting in a barn when they took possession of the property. Rodents and animals have made their home in there.
Ms. Boudreau advised that she does not have a Blue Book value on the truck and it is not operational.
Mr. Snipes questioned if the boat was operational.
Ms. Boudreau advised that it has been in the barn for years and she knows nothing about it, she could assume that the only thing salvageable would be the trailer.
Mr. Wheeler asked if this was published in the newspaper.
Ms. Boudreau advised that it was not. The State’s Attorney Office advised that it only needed to be posted at the County building and at Animal Control.
Ms. Dunbar made a motion to accept the bid, and Mr. Fairfield seconded it.
Mr. Fetherling advised that he would like to see the bid rejected and put the ad in the paper.
Mr. Snipes agreed that it should be placed into the newspaper.
Ms. Webber called for the vote on the motion.
Mr. Swanson advised that he agrees with Mr. Fetherling and that the value could be about $300 at the scrapyard.
Ms. Webber advised the committee that there is a motion to accept the bid, and a second. Therefore, the committee is voting on whether to accept the bid or not.
Motion failed with a vote of 2 ayes and 11 nays. Voting Aye was: Ms. Dunbar and Mr. Fairfield. Voting Nay was: Ms. Webber, Ms. Parker, Ms. Polk, Mr. Snipes, Ms. Peters, Mr. Carrico, Mr. Ekhoff, Mr. Fetherling, Mr. Swanson, and Mr. Wheeler. Motion Failed.
Mr. Snipes made the motion to advertise the truck and the boat in the newspaper.
Mr. Wheeler advised the committee that Kelley Blue Book doesn’t offer a value to vehicles that do not run, so we would be reviewing the price of scrap. That may be the best way to approach it and then advertise in the newspaper of record.
Mr. Wheeler added that in order for the bidding to be official, it must be in the newspaper of record.
Mr. Snipes made the motion to review the cost of scrap and submit the Truck and Boat to be advertised in the newspaper of record. Mr. Carrico seconded it. Motion carried with a voice vote.
Ms. Boudreau updated the committee on the new employees hired for Animal Control.
8. Animal Welfare Advisory Committee – Tinker Parker Monthly Update
Ms. Parker updated the committee on the AWAC progress.
Ms. Parker advised that they are working with the municipality on an agreement.
Ms. Parker also advised that AWAC is working on a Temperature Ordinance to protect animals against extreme temperatures.
Ms. Parker advised that she presented the idea of bird feeders to the City of Kankakee. There are many people that feed the birds and ducks plain bread at the parks and that can be harmful to the wildlife. Ms. Parker advised that she has been put in touch with some of the parks within the area.
Ms. Boudreau explained the definition and language of defining a Reckless Owner. Ms. Boudreau advised that she is researching the definition.
Mr. Snipes asked if a judgement was placed on the fines.
Ms. Boudreau advised the committee of the process and that the owners’ being in compliance is the main goal.
9. New/Old Business
Ms. Webber mentioned to the committee that the Wall that Heals will be at the Perry Farm.
Ms. Polk advised the committee that the Friendship Festival is June 26 – 30th and she invited everyone to the talent portion of the festival.
Ms. Zuccollo made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 10:04 a.m., and Ms. Polk seconded it. Motion carried with a voice vote.