Jo Daviess County Executive Committee met May 7.
Here is the minutes provided by the committee:
PRESENT: Brandon Behlke, Scott Toot, Steve Allendorf, Bill Bingham, Don Hill, LaDon Trost, and John Lang (Arrived at 5:23 p.m.)
ABSENT: Lucas Bourquin
A quorum was established.
Other Board Members: Don Zillig
Others: Angela Kaiser, Joe Kratcha, Melisa Hammer, Kevin Turner, Dan Reimer, Dino Rigopoulos, Terry Kurt, and Raki Giannakouros.
John Lang arrived at 5:23 p.m.
1. Minutes Approval
a) Minutes of the April 4, 2019 Executive Committee meeting – Bill Bingham made a motion to approve the April 4, 2019 Executive Committee meeting minutes as presented. Seconded by Steve Allendorf and motion carried.
2. Citizens’ Comments – None.
Chairman Behlke moved ahead the Closed Session portion of the meeting to accommodate citizens that were presenting.
3. Closed Session
1. Personnel section 2(c)1
"The appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees of the public body or legal counsel for the public body, including hearing testimony on a complaint lodged against an employee of the public body or against legal counsel for the public body to determine its validity." Topic of discussion: Chief Deputy Assessment Officer position, IT Technician position
2. Collective bargaining section 2(c)2
“Collective negotiating matters between the public body and its employees or their representatives, or deliberations concerning salary schedules for one or more classes of employees.”\
3. Litigation section 2(c)11
“Litigation, when an action against, affecting or on behalf of the particular public body has been filed and is pending before a court or administrative tribunal, or when the public body finds that an action is probable or imminent, in which case the basis for the finding shall be recorded and entered into the minutes of the closed meeting.” Topic of discussion: Case No. 2019-MR-18
4. Purchase/lease property section 2(c)5
"The purchase or lease of real property for the use of the public body, including meetings held for the purpose of discussing whether a particular parcel should be acquired." Section 2.06.” Topic of discussion: Lease of property, Galena, IL
Scott Toot made a motion to enter into closed session at 5:07 p.m. for the purpose of Personnel Section 2(c)1 “The appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees of the public body or legal counsel for the public body, including hearing testimony on a complaint lodged against an employee of the public body or against legal counsel for the public body to determine its validity.” Topics of discussion: Chief Deputy Assessment Officer position, IT Technician position, and Purchase/lease property section 2(c)5 "The purchase or lease of real property for the use of the public body, including meetings held for the purpose of discussing whether a particular parcel should be acquired. Section 2.06.” Topic of discussion: Lease of property, Galena, IL. Seconded by LaDon Trost and motion carried. At 6:44 p.m. Bill Bingham made a motion to reconvene to open session. Seconded by LaDon Trost and motion carried. A roll call vote followed resulting in all ayes from Steven Allendorf, Brandon Behlke, Bill Bingham, Don Hill, John Lang, Scott Toot, and LaDon Trost.
4. Possible action as a result of closed session.
a) Scott Toot made a motion to move forward a Resolution to Approve the Reclassification of the Chief Deputy Assessment Officer Position, to Amend the Jo Daviess County Pay Grade Structure Schedule, and Approve the Updated Position Description. Seconded by John Lang and motion carried.
5. Unfinished Business
a) FY2017/FY2018 Strategic Goals and Plans/Board Retreat Committee Assignments – The committee updated their committee assignments from the 2017 Planning Retreat, indicating that the following are marked “Completed”:
1. Fund a Full-time administrative assistant in the Administration office.
2. Create a grant coordinator position
3. Create a Human Resources position/HR Department
b) Update on the Bautsch Gray and Marsden Mine Sites on Blackjack Road – Nothing new to report at this time.
c) Update on Jo Daviess County FOIA requests – The committee reviewed the updated FOIA request report.
d) Jo Daviess County Social Media – Nothing new to report at this time.
e) Update of Jo Daviess County Special Service Area Commissions – Scott Toot reported he hopes to have names at the June meeting for appointments. In regards to SSA #5, the Hanover EMS have not made a decision on whether or not to dissolve.
f) Update of Hotel/Motel Tax Information Letter “Things to Know About Renting A Place to Stay in Jo Daviess County – Melisa Hammer reported she has put the letter on our website and has spoken to Rose Noble with GGMI about putting it on theirs, as well.
6. New Business
a) Discussion and possible action on establishing a date and time for the next meeting of the Ad- Hoc DMO Committee – Scott Toot made a motion to set the next DMO meeting date for Friday, May 31, 2019 at 1 p.m. Seconded by Don Hill and motion carried.
b) Discussion and possible action on a items for the 2019 Jo Daviess County Board Planning Retreat – The agendas were finalized and will be sent out to members via email, along with a memo requesting all participants prepare a list of projects, initiatives/goals, or capital improvements they consider to be top priorities for the next five years.
c) Review, discuss and possible action on the Jo Daviess County Mission Statement – Scott Toot is reviewing the current mission statement. This item will be added to Unfinished Business for next month.
d) Discussion and possible action on a Resolution to Approve the Classification of the Chief Deputy Assessment Officer Position, to Amend the Jo Daviess County Pay Grade Structure Schedule, and Approve a New Position Description – See 4a. above.
7. Staff Reports
a) County Clerk/Recorder: Angela Kaiser had nothing to report at this time.
b) County Administrator: Dan Reimer handed out a results summary of the 2019 UCCI Statewide Salary & Fringe Benefits Survey. He also distributed spreadsheets of the 2018 Jo Daviess County Total Employee Compensation split by “Over $75,000” and “Under $75,000.”
These spreadsheets were prepared in response to a recent FOIA request.
8. Summary of Committee Activities – None.
9. Citizens Comments – None.
10. Board Member Concerns – Scott Toot reported that he had another Board of Health member resign, which brings the total empty seats to five. He has the appointment of Peg Dittmar on the agenda for the May 14, 2019 County Board meeting and has another meeting set for Saturday, May 11, 2019 with another individual who may be interested.
The meeting adjourned at 7:31 p.m. following a motion made by Scott Toot. Seconded by LaDon Trost and motion carried.
The next meeting of the Executive Committee is scheduled for Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.