Kankakee County Highways and Buildings Committee met July 11.
Here is the minutes provided by the committee:
Mr. Washington, Mr. Kinzinger, Mr. Olthoff, Mr. Hess, Ms. Polk, Mr. Snipes, Ms. Peters, Ms. Haas, Mr. Fetherling, Mr. Ekhoff, Mr. Zenz, Mr. Carrico and Mr. Smith
Mr. Tholen, Mr. Dunnill and Mr. Ritter
Wes Andrews and Lucas Stroud
1. Callto Order
The meeting was called to order by the Committee Vice-Chairman, Mr. Kinzinger, at 9:00 a.m. Quorum present.
2. Public Comment
3. Approval of Minutes: June 13, 2019
Mr. Hess made a motion to approve the minutes, and Mr. Zenz seconded it. Motion carried with a voice vote.
Mr. Stroud provided the update in the absence of Mark Rogers.
Bidding and Letting
Mr. Stroud advised the committee that there was nothing for bidding and letting this month.
• County Engineer’s Pay Estimates
Mr. Stroud reviewed and discussed the County Engineer’s Pay Estimates with the committee.
Mr. Kinzinger advised for the record that all the bills are signed and dated.
Mr. Ekhoff made a motion to combine and approve the pay estimates, and Mr. Fetherling seconded it. Motion carried with a roll call vote of 14 ayes and 0 nays. Voting Aye were: Mr. Washington, Mr. Kinzinger, Mr. Olthoff, Mr. Hess, Ms. Polk, Mr. Snipes, Ms. Peters, Ms. Haas, Mr. Fetherling, Mr. Ekhoff, Mr. Zenz, Mr. Carrico, Mr. Smith and Mr. Wheeler
Mr. Snipes asked if his department has looked at the increase in motor fuel tax and how that will affect Kankakee County.
Mr. Stroud advised they are planning for the increase, but it is in the early stages.
• Resolutions None
5. Buildings-Wes Andrews
Mr. Andrews discussed and reviewed the monthly reports with the committee.
• Facility Dude Report
There were 141 work orders, which is typical.
• Financial Report
Mr. Andrews reviewed and discussed the financial report with the committee.
Mr. Wheeler advised that the committee should keep in mind that preventative maintenance has not been completed in the past due to the financial strains. Repairs come up unexpectedly, so predictions are difficult to make.
• Building Report
Mr. Andrews updated the committee on the building report for each County building, including the upgrades for the courthouse.
Mr. Andrews updated the committee on the courthouse and a transformer that has been leaking oil. ComEd will be working on that this evening. There could be a possibility of internal wiring issues.
On the July 18th, the Attorney General will tour the Courthouse for the ADA approvals and to hopefully sign off on the plans.
Mr. Andrews is looking into installing some railings at the front door to the courthouse.
Mr. Andrews advised the committee that he is looking into LED panels to replace the lights that are on 24/7 at the jail. The payback period on this upgrade would be less than a year for about 100 fixtures.
Mr. Andrews advised that there is a large amount of landscaping at JCDC and he has approved some overtime to get some things done at JCDC.
Mr. Olthoff questioned if there were trustees.
Mr. Andrews advised there has been talk about that.
Mr. Kinzinger asked if those services could be outsourced.
Mr. Snipes recommended community service hours could be gained by doing that type of work.
Mr. Wheeler mentioned to the committee that they have been researching the electronic swipe access to the 5th floor admin office. The cost would be about $2,000 for that entry. This issue will be brought back to the committee next month.
There were no other questions from the committee.
6. Old Business
7. New Business
8. Other Business
Mr. Hess made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:36 a.m., and Mr. Snipes seconded it. Motion carried with a voice vote.