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December 10, 2018

4/16/2018 11:40:00 AM
County board helps mental health group
A donation to help improve local mental health services, a proposed new subdivision and bridge replacement work were handled in short order by the Crawford County Board Thursday.

During the half-hour meeting, Chairman Gareld Bilyew presented an $800 check from the Illinois Counties Association to the Crawford County Mental Health Association.

Bilyew was asked by the state organization earlier this year to select one of the 75 not-for-profit groups in the county to receive the money.

The CCMA was formed in 2012 by local residents wanting to increase awareness, reduce stigma and improve access to mental health services.

Accepting on behalf of the CCMA was Crawford County Health Department Certified Public Health Administrator Darla Tracy and department intern LeeAnn Hyder, who is working with the association.

"The Crawford County Mental Health Association is honored to have received this donation," Hyder said. "We are excited to explore the best use of this donation to improve mental health in the community."

Hyder explained mental health was identified as the top priority need in the most resent community needs assessment conducted by the CCHD.

She hopes to improve intervention strategies and build a coalition of local groups to improve access to services.

Also Thursday, board members approved a proposal for a new subdivision on property owned by Mark and Teresa Fielder.

The land, on the northwest corner of Stoy Road and Illinois Route 33, is east of the Crawford County Forest Preserve.

Under state law, when two or more parcels of more than 5 acres are being subdivided, affected taxing bodies, such as the county and the Oblong Unit 4 school district must sign off on the plans. After that, the subdivision can be platted.

The board also approved two more agreements needed to allow replacement of a pair of bridges south of Oblong.

Last month, they approved an engineering agreement for two Oblong Township bridges, about 500 feet apart, scheduled to be replaced.

The latest documents are a joint governmental agreement and a promise that local governments will pay their share of the bill after the federal government covers most of it.

The new structures will include poured concrete decks, which cost more and take longer to complete. They last twice as long as preformed decks, however.

In a related matter, the board approved the annual purchase of road and bridge maintenance materials.

Also Thursday, the board approved the re-appointment of members of two fire protection district boards and a water district board.

Randy Cox and Brad Crouse were approved for new terms on the Robinson Township Fire Protection Board, while Matthew A. McCoy was re-appointed to the LaMotte Township Fire Protection Board. The three-year terms begin May 1.

Gary Loftis and Ronald Richardson were re-appointed to the Eaton Water District Board for five-year terms also starting May 1.

Robert Weaver Jr. was appointed to his first three-year term on the Flat Rock Area Fire Protection District Board. His appointment also starts May 1.

A memorandum of understanding with the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System concerning the Crawford County Emergency Management Agency communication trailer also was approved.

The local EMA will handle routine maintenance on the trailer and will make it available for the ILEAS if it is needed.

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