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12/20/2012 12:37:00 PM
McCoy will take over for Rains on board
Also: Holtzhouser replaces Hartrich as public defender.
Charlie Rains' tenure on the Crawford County Board is over, after he resigned from the board Thursday night.

He said it had been "an honor and a privilege to serve" on the board, but his recent health issues required his resignation.

Rains suffered a stroke during the election campaign. He was in a three-way race for the two seats in District 4, against fellow incumbent Shirley Treadway and Terry McCoy. All three candidates came within two percent of each other in the vote.

McCoy, a fellow Republican, was appointed to Rains's seat.

McCoy is a retired Marathon employee and a lifetime Crawford County resident. He ran on a platform of fiscal solvency and respect for the Constitution.

Thursday night he said he felt he was fulfilling his civic duty by taking the position.

Members of the circuit court changed as a result of Matthew J. Hartrich's defeat of incumbent Tom Wiseman in the election for state's attorney. Hartrich vacated the position of public defender when he won. That position was filled Thursday by the appointment of Jay Holtzhouser. Holtzhouser was the conflict public defender. He had been appointed as state's attorney in December 2005 but lost to Wiseman in the 2006 election. Jim Lane was placed as the conflict public defender with Hartrich's recommendation.

The newly altered board then approved higher fees for cases filed in circuit court.

Circuit Clerk Angela Reinoehl requested increases in court fees to counter rising costs and increase security. She asked to raise the court security fee from $15 to $25, the document storage fee from $3 to $5 and the automation fee from $5 to $10. The law library fee, which applies only to civil cases, went from $4 to $6. She said the rates had not risen since 1996 at the earliest.

The automation fee is used to pay for software upgrades, toner and other supplies she said. The court security fee will be used to increase of court security officers from one to two and help pay for the operation of the metal detector.

The county's estimated assessed value increased every year for the last three years, Hope Weber, supervisor of assessments, reported to the board.

The boost has been been smaller each year, she said. In 2009 the EAV was $344.67 million, an increase of 1.04 percent from 2008. In 2010 the EAV rose to $352.64 million, a 1.02 percent change. In 2011 the EAV reached $356.00 million, a 1.01 percent improvement.

In other business:

• The county will continue repaving Porterville Road from Illinois Route 33 to Porterville. Last summer they completed about one and one-quarter miles, said County Engineer Justin Childress. They plan to finish the road, rated for 4 ton trucks, this year.

• Childress announced that the bridge south of Stoy has been open since Dec. 3. He said it seems he's gotten calls from as far as St. Louis about it opening back up.

• Drs. William Bedwell and Robert Walsh were reappointed to the Crawford County Health Board.

• John Daugherty, Wanda James and Mitzi Martin were reappointed to the Crawford Memorial Hospital Board.

• The number of representatives sent to the Greater Wabash Valley Regional Planning Commission committee was reduced from six to four.

• Chairman Gareld Bilyew submitted Greg Nye and Diana Parham for reappointment to the Crawford County Airport Board. The board will vote on that action at their next meeting on Jan. 10.

• Members of the Crawford County Development Association saw their positions extended until 2015. Don Annis, Jerry Devonshire and Robin Guyer were all appointed to at-large terms.

The board also reappointed the officers of the association. The appointments were: Rick Catt, president; Jerry Tye, vice president and Steve McGahey, secretary/treasurer.

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