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home : local news : local news February 06, 2016

6/16/2014 1:36:00 PM
County offices to get pay raise
Whoever is elected to the various county offices on the November ballot will make 3 percent more than the people in those offices now.

The Crawford County Board Thursday approved a plan increasing the salaries for county offices by 3 percent per year for the next four years. The resolution takes effect Dec. 1, the day the winners of the Nov. 5 general election are sworn in.

Board Chairman Gerald Bilyew explained setting the salaries for elected positions is not the same as setting the pay for employees in a private business.

"We're not dealing with the individuals," he said. "We're raising the salaries of the offices."

Bilyew added it will be up to the voters to determine who will be in those offices when the increase takes effect.

Also Thursday, the board approved the annual law enforcement mutal aid agreement.

Crawford County Sheriff Todd Liston explained under the agreement, county law enforcement can call on out-of-county agencies for help in emergency situations. Likewise, if another county needs assistance, it can call on Crawford for manpower and equipment.

Crawford County Development Association Executive Director Bob Berty updated the board on plans for the former Robinson Bowling Center. Work is underway to renovate the structure into a strip mall.

Chicago-area development company Xsite Real Estate has contracts with Hibbett Sports, Maurice's and cash-advance company The Cash Store and is in discussions with two other retail chains about bringing stores here. Company officals hope to build an access drive to the stores from the Wal-Mart parking lot, similar to the one used by Pizza Hut. They also hope to build a second, 6,000-square-foot structure to accomodate additional retailers.

Berty said he has seen examples of Xsite's work. "They're beautiful," he said. "This has been a long time coming, but it's going to be worth it."

Berty also told the board someone has expressed interest in the former Briggs Manufacturing building, but added it is "extremely preliminary."

In other business, board member Shirley Treadway said Crawford County Solid Waste is in need of materials to recycle.

"I'd like to see everybody do more recycling. They're barely making it," Treadway said.

She added the "most lucretive" material the public can bring in is cardboard. It is best if cardboard containers have been flattened before being brought in, board member Steve Rich said, but CCSW has workers who can handle it if it has not been.

Board member Toni Earleywine said the Crawford County Health Department's Darla Tracy was recently re-certified as a public health administrator for another three years.

She also said the department and the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois will again bring the KidneyMobile here later this summer. The staff of the vehicle promote awareness and perform kidney health screenings.

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