The Effingham County Legislative/Personnel Committee voted to recommend an appointment for the Edgewood Bi-County Fire Protection District Board of Trustees at their meeting Monday afternoon. Steven Robinson, who had previously served as chief for 20 years, was recommended. John Gilmore Jr., also a long-time firefighter, was also considered. If approved by the full County Board, Robinson will fill a vacancy on the three member board left by the resignation of John Gilmore Sr.
The Board also heard from JoAnn Sasse Givens, of the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce, and Karen Kull, of the Kluthe Center, about supporting a a county wide employment survey. A recent national survey revealed that Effingham County will have some 1000 jobs to fill in 2017. Based on the study, and additional local data, a statistician estimated that the number of job vacancies for 2017 was closer to 2000. To help companies reach potential workers, the Chamber of Commerce is compiling a survey that asks county residents about living and working in the area. Sasse Givens and Kull requested a $750 contribution from the County to help pay for marketing efforts to promote the survey, which is expected in May. No vote was taken on the issue, the board members requested additional information before making a decision.
The board also voted to approve a new policy that would hold off on paying retiring workers back-pay until after 30 days after their last day at work. This policy will prevent an IMRF fee imposed on the county for placing the payout on the retiring worker’s last paycheck.
Also discussed was an ordinance that would carriers responsible for any hazardous material spills on public county property. County Board Chairman Jim Niemann said that it was fairly standard for counties to have such an ordinance. It was tabled for later discussion.