Kankakee County Community Service Committee met May 15.
Here is the minutes provided by the committee:
Ms. Webber, Ms. Parker, Mr. LaGesse, Mr. Snipes, Ms. Peters, Ms. Polk, Mr. Zenz, Mr. Fetherling, Mr. Swanson and Mr. Carrico
Ms. Dunbar, Mr. Fairfield, Mr. Ekhoff and Ms. Zuccollo
Julie Boudreau, Dan Hendrickson, Erich Blair 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: April 16, 2019
Ms. Parker made a motion to approve the minutes and Mr. Fetherling seconded it. Motion carried with a voice vote.
4. County Clerk – Dan Hendrickson
Ms. Peters made a motion to approve the monthly report, and Mr. Swanson seconded it.
Motion carried with a voice vote.
Economic Interest Statement Overview
Mr. Hendrickson thanked Felicia Fatima for her efforts in completing the Economic Interests in a timely fashion with zero penalties.
Property Tax Extension Overview
Mr. Hendrickson stated that Ms. Linda Settle lead the Property Tax Extension. Ms. Settle reviewed and discussed the reports with the committee.
Mr. Hendrickson advised that all these reports are available online.
Polling Place Consolidation (St. Anne, Otto, Kankakee #4 & #5, Kankakee #8 & #11) Mr. Hendrickson reviewed the consolidation and discussed with the committee.
Mr. Wheeler made a motion to approve the consolidation and Ms. Parker seconded it.
Mr. Zenz asked what would happen if there was a massive influx in voters, would the judges be equipped to handle that.
Mr. Hendrickson stated that another ballot box could be brought to the site; Mr. Hendrickson advised that the consolidation would not be made if he thought that situation would occur.
The committee continued to discuss the consolidation.
Motion Carried with a Voice Vote.
Polling Place Relocation (Momence #2, Pembroke #2, Bourbonnais #2 & #12) Mr. Hendrickson reviewed and discussed the relocation with the committee.
Mr. Fetherling made a motion to approve the relocation and Mr. Zenz seconded it. There was no discussion by the committee.
Motion carried with a Voice Vote.
5. Assessor – Erich Blair Monthly Report
Ms. Peters made a motion to approve the monthly report, and Mr. Zenz seconded it.
Mr. Blair reviewed and discussed the report with the committee. Mr. Blair discussed property assessments with the committee. Motion carried with voice vote.
6. Recorder – Lori Gadbois
Ms. Gadbois was not present.
Ms. Webber asked about the Opportunity Zone asking if that would affect the Recorders office.
Mr. Wheeler advised the committee that Opportunity Zone is an investment opportunity that one could defer capital gains to invest in certain areas if they are economically challenged. It is not an Enterprise Zone.
Mr. LaGesse made a motion to approve the monthly report, and Mr. Snipes seconded it. Motion carried with a voice vote.
7. Animal Control – Julie Boudreau
• Monthly Report
Mr. Snipes made a motion to approve the monthly report, and Mr. LaGesse seconded it.
Ms. Boudreau reviewed and discussed the report with the committee.
Motion carried with a voice vote.
• 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 Posting for 1996 Truck and Boat
Ms. Boudreau advised that there was a resolution declaring the truck as surplus previously.
The sealed bids will be open at the next community service meeting in June.
Mr. LaGesse made a motion to declare the items as surplus and accept sealed bids to be opened at the June Community Services Committee meeting on June 18th, 2019 and Mr. Fetherling seconded it. Motion carried with a Voice Vote.
Ms. Webber asked for an update with the new building.
Mr. Fetherling asked if there was a spreadsheet for the fundraising that BARK has done for the new building.
Ms. Boudreau advised that there are treasurer statements and she could provide that report at the next committee meeting.
Mr. Wheeler commented that it is important that this organization is not connected with the county and they are under no obligation to provide those figures.
Mr. Wheeler added that there is a Capital Fund workgroup that is being established and the animal control building is being prioritized within that work group. Mr. Wheeler continued to explain the work group with the committee.
8. Animal Welfare Advisory Committee – Tinker Parker Monthly Update
Ms. Parker updated the committee on the AWAC committee.
Mr. Snipes asked if board members could bid on the items that are being declared as surplus from Animal Control.
Mr. Wheeler stated that he was always told no, but that an email could be sent to the State’s Attorney if they would like to ask.
Ms. Parker added that she appreciates the efforts and work of Graeme Quinn with the work that AWAC has done.
9. New/Old Business
Mr. LaGesse made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 10:24 a.m., and Mr. Snipes seconded it. Motion carried with a voice vote.