PRINCETON — The Bureau County Board conducted the following business at its May 13 meeting at the Bureau County Courthouse in Princeton:
• Approved salary increases for the positions of county clerk, county treasurer, circuit clerk and sheriff, as presented by Fees and Salaries Committee Chairman Marshann Entwhistle. The raises will be 3.5 percent in each of the 2015 and 2016 fiscal years, followed by a 3.0 percent increase in each of the 2017 and 2018 fiscal years. The positions are elected positions for four-year terms.
• Re-appointed Robert Russell of Princeton, Gene Englehart of Princeton and Stanley Gingrich of Sheffield to the Bureau County Metropolitan Exposition Auditorium and Office Building Board.
• Re-appointed Eldon Ross and Janice Becker as trustees for the Greenfield Cemetery Association; Dan Whitlock as a commissioner to the Bureau County Housing Authority Board; and Terry Linning as a trustee to the Ladd Fire Protection District.
• Re-appointed Richard Koch as a trustee to the Arlington Fire Protection District; and Dennis Miscevic and Bill Lane to the Board of Review.
• Heard from BuEComm director Diana Stiles who asked board members to contact their legislators in opposition of Senate Bill 2674 which proposes taking some of E 9-1-1 funding and giving it to the Poison Control fund. E-9-1-1 has no problem with Poison Control and supports its validity, but does not want 9-1-1 money taken for it, Stiles said.
• Approved a resolution for Hot Mix Asphalt overlay work with Advanced Asphalt for the townships of Arispie, Dover, Hall, Macon, Princeton and Selby. Approved a resolution for a Hot Mix Asphalt contract with Martin and Co. Excavating for the townships of Bureau and Ohio. Approved a resolution for a Hot Mix Asphalt contract with McDonald Trucking and Paving for work in Fairfield and Greenville townships. The county is overseeing the projects, but the work is being paid by township funds, Transportation Committee Chairman Steve Sondgeroth said.
• Approved a proposal from Butler Insurance for RFP of medical coverage at the same cost as last time, $8,000. The board also approved Lawyer’s Professional Liability insurance premium and renewal from Dimond Bros. for $3,578 for the public defender. The county will get a $275 rebate from CIRMA of workman’s comp insurance, as reported by Insurance Committee Chairman Mike Kohr.
• Reviewed the annual report for the Bureau/Putnam County Health Department, as presented by Loretta Volker. There are many ways in which the health department touches the lives of the citizens in the two-county area, she said. Some of those ways are through Medical Reserve Corps volunteer group, the anti-tobacco Tar War contest for students, the Community Partners Against Substance Abuse (CPASA) and the local search and rescue team which helps on horseback with search and rescue efforts.