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Adams County Board tables demolition bill on jail project

The site of the new Adams County Jail with the Adams County Courthouse in the background right. | H-W File Photo/Jake Shane
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Feb. 13, 2018 9:40 pm Updated: Feb. 13, 2018 9:52 pm

QUINCY -- The Adams County Board voted Tuesday night to table a bill for demolition work required to build the new Adams County Jail.

The Jail Exploratory Committee voted last week during a special committee meeting to recommend that the County Board reject the bill from C. John Blickhan on behalf of Blick's Construction Co. The bill requests additional payment of more than $100,000.

Jail Exploratory Committee Chairman Mark Peter, R-5, said the bill should have been submitted as a change order.

"It may give an opportunity for both of the parties to reach an agreement, rather than taking legal action," Peter said of tabling the bill. "At this point in time, there's nothing to be lost by waiting another 30 days to make a decision."

Peter said he think there is a possibility that an agreement can be reached between both parties.

The County Board also discussed an intergovernmental agreement with the city of Quincy to establish a joint city of Quincy and Adams County Emergency Telephone System board. The Quincy City Council has already approved an ordinance and a resolution allowing the mayor to enter into the agreement. Establishing the joint ETSB will allow the Quincy-Adams County 911 System to share revenues that accounted for about $600,000 last year when an 87-cent monthly surcharge was collected on landline phones and cellphones in the state. Those revenues are expected to exceed $900,000 this year after the surcharge was raised to $1.50 a month.

Under changes made to the Illinois Emergency Telephone Systems Act, the joint ETSB must be established by July 1. The changes alter the makeup of the board, which now has 11 members and will be trimmed to nine members under the new plan.

"There will be one County Board member on the new board, and the rest of the board makeup, from the county's perspective, would be appointments from the County Board chairman," said Legislative and Judicial Committee Chairman Ryan Niekamp, R-2. "We have an issue with appointed officials spending taxpayers' money. We think that there needs to be elected representation on the board."

Niekamp said the county is working with the office of state Sen. Jil Tracy to change the language of the legislation. The intergovernmental agreement has been tabled until the Legislative and Judicial Committee meets next month.

The County also approved a resolution to allow Adams County Treasurer Terry Asher to work with First Investment Services to invest money the county has received through early property tax payments and from the first bond issue for the new jail.

"It's a significant chunk of money," said Finance Committee Chairman Bret Austin, R-1, "and it will be laid out in a way that we can pull the money when it's needed for the jail."

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