The Effingham County Board had special visitors at their meeting on Monday representing the Effingham County 4-H Youth Ambassadors. 4-H Vice President Lacey Thompson spoke to the Board thanking them for their service to the community in honor of Statewide Local Government week that occurred earlier in the month. Thompson also thanked the board for their support of various 4-H Programs.
A new policy regarding retirement payment for county workers was also approved at Monday’s meeting. With the changes, county workers will now receive their final payout, from saved sick days or vacation, thirty days after their final day at work. County Board Chairman Jim Niemann explained that by waiting thirty days, the County avoids being billed by IMRF for adding to the pension on an employee’s last paycheck.
The Board also approved an expenditure of $750 to support a Chamber of Commerce Workforce Survey. The survey will be a tool for employers and government entities to attract workers to Effingham County.
A resolution honoring the St. Anthony’s Basketball team for their State win was also approved by the Board along with the appointment of Vern Stephen Robinson to the Edgewood Bi-County Fire Protection District.
Representatives from the Effingham County Soil and Water Conservation District Denise Willenborg and Tony Pals gave a presentation on their annual report. The Conservation District has been heavily involved in educating students about conservation as well as raising awareness of the state’s Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy.