County Board extends its emergency proclamation
By: DANIEL WINNINGHAM
The Macoupin County Board unanimously voted in favor of extending its COVID-19 proclamation of disaster at its regular meeting June 9.
The proclamation gives the county’s emergency management agency coordinator Susan Lewis and health department director Kent Tarro the authority to “proceed with all haste to bring said disaster to a rapid conclusion for the best interest” for county residents.
The approved proclamation will remain in effect but expire on Dec. 31 unless it is extended by the County Board.
Those speaking publicly were Kent Tarro of the Public Health Department, Sheriff Shawn Kahl and Susan Lewis of the Emergency Management.
“The COVID-(19) activity is pretty low right now,” Tarro said. “As soon as phase 3 opened up May 29, people have gone on to other things and are not coming in for testing.”
“We may be screening five people a day, drive through,” Tarro said. “There has been more activity with an anti-body, Celix test, which became available earlier this month.
“We bought 100 test kits, and used 30 of them,” Tarro said. “Four individuals were reported as positive.”
With the Celex test, it determines if an individual has antibodies to fight infection, according to Tarro.
In addition to the resolution extending the county’s emergency declaration proclamation, the board also approved a resolution to amend the drug crourt’s special fund appropriation.
The original appropriation called for $5,000 in funding while the approved change extends the amount to $6,100.
Lewis was appointed to serve as the county’s Emergency Management director.
• Jacob Schwegel was appointed to the Bunker Hill Fire Protection Board of Trustees. A lifelong resident of Bunker Hill, the appointment lasts through April 30, 2021.
• Julia Watson was named to the Board of Review for a term ending April 30, 2022.
Macoupin County Clerk Pete Duncan led the board through a nine-month budget review discussion.
According to figures provided by Duncan, the board showed revenues through May 31 at 4,984,310.30 and a total projected budget of $8,496,142.56. With three months left in the 2019-20 fiscal year, the actual revenues are 58.66 percent of the $8.49 million project.
Duncan’s revenue report showed a projected deficit of $154,406.40.
Board member Dave Thomas, who chairs the county’s Finance Committee, reported public hearings on spending plans for the 2020-21 fiscal year will likely in the near future.
“We did a budget review,” Thomas said. “We’ll be talking about setting up meetings for a budget soon.”
The next regular Macoupin County Board meeting will take place Tuesdasy, July 14, at 6 p.m.