Settled suit will cost Madison County $487,000

News-DemocratDecember 18, 2013 

— The Madison County Board approved a settlement of nearly half a million dollars at its meeting Wednesday night, though details of the lawsuit remain confidential.

Madison County has a self-funded liability program, and the County Board must approve any legal settlement over $20,000. On the agenda for Wednesday's meeting is a settlement of $487,000 that has been agreed to by the plaintiff and legal counsel of both parties.

Chairman Alan Dunstan said officials could not discuss the issues of the case itself unless they went into executive session, as it is still in the process of being settled. State's Attorney Tom Gibbons would only say it was a case related to the regional superintendent's office.

The board did not elect to go into executive session on the suit, and approved the settlement in a 23-4 vote.

The board also approved compensation for the next County Board, to be elected in November. By law the board cannot change its own salary, but sets the salary in advance for the next board. The proposed resolution would keep their salaries frozen through 2016.

The vote included three no votes from Arthur Asadorian, Terry Davis and Kristen Novacich, all Granite City Democrats.

The board also approved a 2 percent annual increase in salary for the county clerk, treasurer and sheriff in 2015, 2016 and 2017 after a two-year wage freeze. The vote was 18 in favor with 11 against. The board also approved the annual stipend to supplement the regional superintendent's salary from the state by $10,000, which passed 18-11.

Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at edonald@bnd.com or 239-2507.

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