Metro-East News

County Board approves contract with health department employees

The County Board approved a new contract with Health Department workers represented by the Laborers’ Local 100 Monday night.

The contract, which runs from Jan. 1, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2018, covers sanitarians, environmental protection specialists and nutritionist, whose salaries will range from about $32,000 to $50,000, as well as public health nurses, staff registered nurses and other sanitarians and environmental protection specialists. Their salaries will range from about $36,000 to $59,000. Employees’ pay will increase by 1.5 percent in 2018.

Calls to Local 100 for comment on the new contract weren’t returned.

In other business

▪  The County Board appointed Frank Bergman, who the human resources manager for St. Clair County, as a member of the Metro East Park and Recreation Board. The position opened after a previous member, Earl McDowell, Sr., resigned. It lasts until Feb. 1.

▪  The County Board approved $2,500 from its Highway Fund and $250,000 from its Matching Fund to resurface 2.3 miles of Jefferson Street in Millstadt, starting at Illinois 158 and extending to Douglas Road. The state of Illinois planned to contribute $600,000 to the project.

▪  Two special use permits were approved. The first was to sell used cars, and the second was for a storage building.

▪  A report from County Board Chairman Mark Kern showed that the St. Clair County Jail was below capacity for the previous month. From June 21 through July 25, the jail held an average of 406 inmates per day, or about 12 below capacity. There were five days in 35 during which the jail was over capacity, according to the report.

▪  A monthly report from the St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency showed that it will receive a payment of $23,000 this year, which is surplus money that other agencies didn’t use. The St. Clair County EMA received the amount for the past two years, director Herb Simmons said.

▪  Some of the county’s business had carried over from its June meeting, which was continued just before July’s business. In the first meeting, board members approved adjustments in the borders of two county precincts. Precinct 19 in St. Clair Township expanded, taking over a portion of precinct 28. And, in Marissa Township, three precincts were consolidated into two in order to address declining population and keep the precincts closer to populations between 500 and 800 people.

Casey Bischel: 618-239-2655, @CaseyBischel