Macomb, IL – McDonough County board members want to make sure a hike in court fees will not be used for salary increases. The Finance Committee recommended a doubling of two fees as requested by Circuit Clerk Kim Wilson. However, board members are still angry with Wilson for increasing pay for some of her staff members by more than the county-recommended 3.3 percent. Board Chairman Bob Harwick said the committee will scrutinize future budgets from the circuit clerk's office to ensure that money from the fee increases is used only for computers and document storage equipment.
Fort Madison, IA – Next year's budget for Lee County could include lay-offs in one department. The Board of Supervisors recently told the Conservation Department to cut $100,000 from next year's budget. To do so, the department proposed moving the Roadside Management Program into the Secondary Roads Department. Chairman George Morgan says that will not save the county any money because another department would have to pay for it. He says, at this point, the Roadside Management Program will be cut from the budget, which means two Conservation Department employees will have to be let go.
Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen are looking at more than $500,000 worth of construction projects - and that's just for starters. At Monday night's city council meeting, aldermen focused only on work that would be paid for through the half-cent sales tax. They agreed to give themselves power to act next week to authorize city staff to seek engineering proposals. City Administrator Mike Hays says timing is critical with road construction projects. Much of the work would involve surface treatment to streets such as Jana Rd, Penny Ln and Jamie Ln.
Macomb, IL – McDonough County is setting out its new Handicapped-Accessible voting machines for the public to try before balloting begins Feb. 27. County Clerk Florine Miller is especially interested in feedback from handicapped users. The machines have a touch-screen to vote with. There's also a set of headphones through which a synthesized voice reads the ballot. Voters can use a telephone dial-style keypad to navigate the ballot and cast their votes. The machine records the vote and prints on paper the results so voters can confirm their choices.