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County Board approves wind farms

An application for wind farm construction was approved Wednesday by the McDonough County Board. Capital Power intends to break ground next year on its Cardinal Pointe project in McDonough and Warren counties.

MACOMB — An application for wind farm construction was approved Wednesday by the McDonough County Board. Capital Power intends to break ground next year on its Cardinal Pointe project in McDonough and Warren counties.

Matt Martin of Capital Power told the board that the company’s plan went through 20 revisions. “We’ve worked with our lease holders (local farmland owners) and we think we’ve got a plan that will serve your community well,” he said.

In other business, the board voted to make no increase in employee health insurance premiums for 2019. Insurance consultant Keith Krohe said there is enough money in reserve to handle all plan costs in the new year. “There are no large claims so far this year,” he said, “so the plan is running very well.”

The board approved contract renewals for Krohe’s Cross Roads Insurance, benefits and brokerage services from Pickering Insurance, third party administration from Mutual Medical, and reinsurance from Symetra. None of the companies increased its fees for the new year.

“The courthouse employees really appreciate the insurance we have,” said County Clerk Gretchen DeJaynes. County Board Chairman Scott Schwerer said, “We’re very fortunate to be... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

MACOMB — An application for wind farm construction was approved Wednesday by the McDonough County Board. Capital Power intends to break ground next year on its Cardinal Pointe project in McDonough and Warren counties.

Matt Martin of Capital Power told the board that the company’s plan went through 20 revisions. “We’ve worked with our lease holders (local farmland owners) and we think we’ve got a plan that will serve your community well,” he said.

In other business, the board voted to make no increase in employee health insurance premiums for 2019. Insurance consultant Keith Krohe said there is enough money in reserve to handle all plan costs in the new year. “There are no large claims so far this year,” he said, “so the plan is running very well.”

The board approved contract renewals for Krohe’s Cross Roads Insurance, benefits and brokerage services from Pickering Insurance, third party administration from Mutual Medical, and reinsurance from Symetra. None of the companies increased its fees for the new year.

“The courthouse employees really appreciate the insurance we have,” said County Clerk Gretchen DeJaynes. County Board Chairman Scott Schwerer said, “We’re very fortunate to be able to offer this health care plan.”

Schwerer also reported that the county received increases in sales tax collected in July. He said general sales tax and the portion of sales tax used for public safety expenses both increased by $5,000 over the same period in 2017, and that the portion of sales tax allocated for road repairs increased by $2,500.

Board members voted to increase recording fees next year. DeJaynes reported that she will no longer be allowed to charge one dollar apiece for copies beyond the initial document fee, so the total fee would be increased from $65 to $72 to cover all county costs.

A resolution to double court security fees from $25 to $50 was approved. Sheriff Nick Petitgout said this should allow the county to raise at least $62,000 before the state closes out the court security option on July 31, 2019. “This will give us funding until we can figure out what to do next,” he said.

The county board voted to accept extensions through 2029 on county leases with the Macomb Building Commission for The Elms residential and rehabilitation facility and the McDonough County Jail.

Also approved was an extension of the county’s franchise with Comcast for cable television service to the unincorporated areas. Schwerer said the county receives five percent of Comcast’s subscription revenues.

The county board chairman said that three bids have been received for information technology services. Bidders are MCT of Colchester and Timbuk Tech and Computer Masters International of Macomb. Schwerer said talks will continue with all three companies on their pricing packages.


Source: http://www.mcdonoughvoice.c...

OCT 19 2018
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