The Christian County Board heard an extensive report and plea for their blessings on a proposed medical marijuana facility to be located approximately 10 miles west of Taylorville and 8 miles north of Morrisonville. Longtime resident and farmer, Clayton Bloome of Christian County, shared a detailed report including proposed location, blue prints of the facility, security plans and community contributions. The total project has an estimated 6 to 8 million dollar cost and will facilitate the growing, cultivating and distributing of the medical marijuana to the proper distribution centers. Mr. Bloome projected that the facility, when completed would hire approximately 15 to 25 local employees at an annual income of somewhere around $35,000 to $45,000 annually. Security for the facility is said to be extremely extensive with perimeter fencing and video surveillance. There will only be one facility licensed per state police district, meaning there will be 22 allowed in the state of Illinois. District 9 is the district that Christian County falls in and is one of 7 counties in that district. Mr. Bloome expects the competition to be quite heavy to land a facility in District 9.
In other business, the board approved the purchase of new roadway design software from Softree for $3725. The sale of a parcel of land, approximately 50'x75', located behind the Highway Department yard to an adjoining property owner. The parcel is part of the old Butler Binion Railroad property. The Highway Department will trim some of the trees on the Courthouse lawn. Some, like the tree near the Lincoln Statue is to large for the Highway Department to remove and will require the county to get quotes or bids on the trees that cannot be handled by the Highway Department.
The board agreed to withdraw the poker run and raffle ordinance upon recommendation of the Executive, Personnel and Liquor Committee. It was determined that the time and effort involved in the paperwork was more extensive than the $25 fee that was allowed to be collected. It was also agreed to adopt a resolution allowing the enactment of a fee of $10 to support Christian County Special Courts.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:45.