McLean County Executive Committee met June 11.
Here is the minutes provided by the committee:
The Executive Committee of the McLean County Board met beginning at 4:30 p.m. in Room 400, Government Center, 115 E. Washington Street, Bloomington, Illinois.
Members Present: Members Jim Soeldner, George Gordon, William Caisley Chuck Erickson, Susan Schafer, Laurie Wollrab, Catherine Metsker Scott Murphy and
Members Absent: Chairman John McIntyre
Other Board Members
Staff Present: Camille Rodriguez, County Administrator; Eric Schmitt, Assistant County Administrator; Jessica Woods, First Assistant State’s Attorney – Civil Division; Mr. Julie Morlock, Recording Secretary; Trisha Malott, Behavioral Health Coordinating Council Supervisor
Elected Officials Present:
Others Present: Derek Barker, Assistant Director Information Technologies Department
Vice Chairman Soeldner called to order a meeting of the Executive Committee at 4:30 p.m.and declared a quorum.
Vice Chairman Soeldner presented the minutes from the April 16, 2019 special meetings and May 14, 2019 regular meeting of the Executive Committee for approval.
Motion by Caisley/Wollrab to approve the minutes from April 16, 2019 special meetings and May 14, 2019 regular meeting of the Executive Committee.
Vice Chairman Soeldner confirmed there were no members of the public or employees to speak before the Committee
Vice Chairman Soeldner indicated that Mr. Mike O’Grady was present to provide the Economic Development Council’s Quarterly report. Mr. O’Grady discussed activity in the enterprise zone including submittal of expansion paperwork for Brandt expansion to Springfield and that Brandt purchased 45 acres east of the current plant for future use. He indicated that Rivian has a lot of work going on at their plant and that the Amazon and Ford investments are very beneficial to this project. He stated that the battery application would probably expand into other operations outside of automotive. Mr. O’Grady indicated that there are several projects in the community keeping workers busy such as the renovation at Waterson Towers that needs to be completed before the students come back. He stated under new business that someone from EDC is attending the Select USA Summit. He indicated that we currently have 46 businesses that are foreign owned companies in the County. Mr. O’Grady stated they are still working on getting word out about the micro lending program and while there have been several conversations no applications have come forward. He said they are also working on an agriculture round table with the Federal Reserve Bank out of Chicago that will be focused on working with the Federal Reserve so they can better understand the needs of our community. Mr. O’Grady stated that the EDC is also involved in the Illinois Economic Development Associations semi-annual meeting that will be held here in town next week including a panel discussion and tours of Disthil and Brandt. He indicated that the small business development center is now serving over 400 clients and those have self-reported over 10 million dollars in economic growth. Ms. Schafer asked him to confirm purchase of additional acres by Brandt. Mr. O’Grady confirmed amount and location. Ms. Wollrab asked if there needed to be changes to the micro loan program that would make it easier for people to use. Mr. O’Grady indicated that our requirements are not different than what a bank would request, that they have fliers in most of the banks in town and on their website and at the small business development center. He stated that he was not sure changes needed to be made at this time. Mr. Soeldner asked if Mitsubishi Motor Way was the west boundary of the enterprise zone. Mr. O’Grady confirmed. Mr. Soeldner asked if there had been any interest in cannabis industries. Mr. O’Grady indicated that when there were application from medical marijuana they had multiple inquires but not as many with current legislation. Mr. Soeldner asked if there were any other questions, hearing none, he thanked Mr. O’Grady.
Vice Chairman Soeldner presented appointments and reappointments for approval.
Motion by Gordon/Murphy to recommend approval of appointments and reappointments.
Motion Carried. Member Caisley abstained from the vote on the 377 Board and Member Erickson voted No.
Mr. Soeldner presented on behalf of Craig Nelson, Information Technologies Director a request to approve the renewal of the County’s Agreement with Broadleaf Video Productions. Ms.
Rodriguez indicated that amount had been updated to show the yearly amount for the contract and not the monthly amount.
Motion by Wollrab/Metsker to recommend approval of the renewal of the County’s Agreement with Broadleaf Video Productions.
Mr. William Caisley, Chairman of the Transportation Committee indicated they had no items for action today but would have items next week for the Board. Vice Chairman Soeldner asked the Committee if they had any question for Mr. Caisley; hearing none, he thanked Mr. Caisley.
Mr. Scott Murphy, Chairman of the Property Committee indicated they had nothing for the Committee today. Vice Chairman Soeldner asked if there were any questions for Mr. Murphy and the Property Committee; hearing none, he thanked him.
Mr. George Gordon, Chairman of the Justice Committee presented for action a request to approve the Inter-governmental agreement between the State of Illinois, Criminal Justice
Information Authority and McLean County Government
Motion by Gordon/Schafer to recommend approval of Request approval of the Inter-governmental agreement between the State of Illinois, Criminal Justice Information Authority and McLean County Government.(CAC)
Mr. Gordon presented for action a request to approve an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services through the State’s Attorney Office.
Motion by Gordon/Wollrab to recommend approval of Intergovernmental Agreement with the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services through the State’s Attorney Office.
Mr. Gordon indicated they had no further items for action today but would have one additional item for the Board next week. Vice Chairman Soeldner asked if there were any questions for Mr. Gordon and the Justice Committee, hearing none, he thanked him.
Mr. Jim Soeldner, Chairman of the Finance Committee presented for action a request to accept and place on file the Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) – December 31, 2018, the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2018 and Single Audit Report for the Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2018 (Report of Federal Awards). Mr. Caisley commended the Treasurer and Auditor for receiving the Officer’s award again this year. Mr. Caisley pointed out how federal grant dollars are expended which he felt showed priority of federal funding. Mr. Erickson thanked the Auditor for the Popular Annual Financial Report as he felt it was important to explain to the general public the information contained in the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
Motion by Metsker/Murphy to recommend approval of Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) – December 31, 2018, the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2018 and Single Audit Report for the Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2018 (Report of Federal Awards)
Mr. Soeldner indicated they had nothing further for the Committee today.
Ms. Susan Schafer, Chairman of the Health Committee presented for action a request to approve the name change for the Nursing Home facility to Prairie Point: Rehab.Respite.Reliability. Ms. Wollrab asked what market research went into to selecting the names put forward. Ms. Schafer indicated Ms. Wegner had a suggestion box out and received input from staff, residents and visitors. Ms. Wollrab suggested that we do some market research because she felt the name is very important to future of the nursing home. Ms. Schafer agreed. Ms. Schafer indicated that the Blue Ribbon Panel had suggested this but was not sure we were ready for this change. Mr. Caisley put forth a suggested name of Fairview Park Place as he felt that would be fitting since it is on the Fairview campus.
Motion by Schafer/Gordon to recommend approval of the name change for the Nursing Home facility to Prairie Point: Rehab.Respite.Reliability.
Motion by Schafer Gordon to post-pone this item indefinitely. Motion Carried.
Ms. Schafer indicated they had nothing further for action today. Vice Chairman Soeldner asked if there were any questions; hearing he thanked her.
Mr. Chuck Erickson, Chairman of the Land Use and Development Committee indicated they had nothing for the committee today but would have one item for the Board next week. Ms. Metsker asked if the resignation of the Regional Planning Director would have any impact on the item going forward to the Board next week. Mr. Erickson and Ms. Rodriguez indicated it would not.
Ms. Rodriguez stated the general employment activity report was in the packet and she had nothing for the Committee but would be happy to answer any questions.
Vice Chairman Soeldner asked if there was anything to come before the Committee under Other Business, hearing nothing, he moved on to payment of the bills.
Vice Chairman Soeldner presented invoices for the General, Shared Sales Tax, Veterans and Waste Management Funds in the amount of $325,746.13 and Regional Planning Fund in the amount of $2,116.30.
McLean County Board Committee Report
Motion by Schafer/Caisley to recommend approval of the bills for the General Fund in the amount of $325,746.13 and Regional Planning in the amount of $2,116.30.
Vice Chairman Soeldner asked if there was anything further. Mr. Caisley expressed concerns about the boilerplate information the outside auditor included in the report as he felt it would be impossible to go after the outside auditor for any errors they made. Ms. Anderson indicated that reports are essentially the same for all clients and while we pay the auditing firm a fee to prepare the audit report; by signing off on it, we take back responsibility for the information in the audit. Ms. Metsker asked if this is the same company that audited Dixon who had legal issues. Ms. Anderson confirmed it was not. Ms. Metsker indicated she felt the Dixon matter showed we still have legal recourse even if we take some responsibility. Ms. Anderson went over some of the deciding factors in the Dixon matter including how the auditing firm sub- contracted that account.
Vice Chairman Soeldner asked if there was anything further; hearing nothing, he adjourned the Executive Committee meeting at 5:10 p.m.