It was the last time John Curtin gaveled the Christian County Board to order, Tuesday night, as the long-time chairman announced earlier this year his retirement from the county board effective November 30. Curtin and the board transacted quite a bit of business in their 40-minute meeting.
In correspondence, the board learned that the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public hearing December 1st at 7pm at Taylorville Junior High School, on the Taylorville Energy Center’s application for a permit to build a 3-point-5 billion dollar coal gasification plant northeast of Taylorville. The public is invited to the meeting and comments are also being taken by the Illinois E-P-A thru December.
The board was notified by New Wave Communications, the cable TV provider for Taylorville and Pana, that due to programming and fuel costs, new basic customers will be paying 21-99 a month, and new expanded customers will be paying 53-99 a month. Current customers are not affected by the increases, according to the letter from general manager Bill Flowers that was read at Tuesday night’s board meeting.
The Christian County Board in their monthly meeting Tuesday night made some appointments and approved a union agreement. John Podeschi and John Salisbury were both appointed to the county Board of Review, and the board approved a temporary job assignment form that was negotiated between the county and the union representing county employees, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. The board also appointed Paul Schmitz as the new county board chairman, succeeding long-time chairman John Curtin who retired at the end of Tuesday night’s meeting. 2 delinquent tax properties in Pana were approved for sale, and the board approved a yearly payment of some eleven-thousand dollars for the Office of the State’s Appellate Prosecutor to assist the Christian County State’s Attorney’s Office. The board also approved entering into an agreement with Coast to Coast R-X for a discount drug card program.