PRINCETON — The Bureau County Board needs to be in total agreement before moving ahead with a county administrator search, according to a consultant.
At Tuesday’s board meeting, Fees and Salaries Committee Chairman Marshann Entwhistle said the committee met with John Phillips of the Illinois City/County Management firm, who talked about what the county board needs to have in place before hiring a search firm to actually start the process of finding a suitable applicant for the county administrator position.
One of those needed items to have in place, as stated by the consultant, is the county board needs to pass a resolution for the establishment of the county administrator position; it should also describe what exactly would be expected of that person, Entwhistle said.
Phillips also stressed the fact the entire county board needs to be on board, 100 percent behind the decision to hire a county administrator, Entwhistle said. This will save the county board from ending up with “egg-on-its-face,” if it changed its mind midstream, the consultant said.
No further discussion or action followed Entwhistle’s report on the county administrator position. Bureau County has been without a county administrator since 2006, when then-county administrator Austin Edmondson resigned after about 15 months in the position. Edmondson was the county’s first administrator.
In other business at Tuesday’s meeting, the county board approved several road and bridge work projects as presented by Transportation Committee Chairman Steve Sondgeroth.
Resurfacing and other improvements were approved for County Highway 10, which is the Mineral Blacktop. The board awarded the contract to Advanced Asphalt with a low bid of $673,401. Eighty percent of the cost will be provided by federal funds with 20 percent of the project cost covered through the local federal aid matching fund.
The county board also approved a bridge removal and replacement project for the Manlius Township Bridge over Smith Ditch. The contract was awarded to Curran Construction with the low bid of $232,281.
The county board also awarded Advanced Asphalt with the hot mix asphalt millings contract for County Highway 27, south of Dover. Advanced Asphalt’s bid of $135,355 was the only bid received for this project, Sondgeroth said.
Also on County Highway 27, the county board awarded a reclamation project contract to McDonald’s Trucking and Paving with a bid of $9,603. This was the only bid received on this project as well.
The county also approved a road use agreement and an escrow account of $10,000 with Mapco Pipeline for a replacement pipe project being done across a northern portion of Bureau County. There is also $5,000 check for various permit fees and temporary access requirements, Sondgeroth said.
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