By Stephanie Malench
The Madison County Board met for the first time in FY 2021 with the newly elected board members from the November 4 election on December 16.
Five appointments were approved, including Dave Tanzyus for the Director of Madison County Community Development; Dr. John W. Stirton, a surgeon from Alton, on the Madison County Mental Health Board, replacing Walter Hunter whose term expired a year ago; Cedric Irby will complete the unexpired term of Tyrone Q. Echols which will end on March 17, 2025; Ryan Kneedler will replace Larry Trucano and Bill Meyer will replace Phil Chapman on the Southwestern Illinois Law Enforcement Commission for indefinite terms.
The board approved the purchase of 11 mobile radios and equipment costing $36,244.78 for the Madison County 911 Emergency Telephone System Department.
A plan to rezone a nine acre plot of farmland from agricultural to B5 commercial in Jarvis Township bordered by a dance studio, frontage road, and a storage unit complex was the subject of several public comments and eventually sent back to committee. County Board member Stacey Pace (R-Troy) asked that the zoning resolution go back to the planning and development committee due to the concerns of residents in the area.
Planning and Development Committee Chair Mick Madison (R- Bethalto) said the resident concerns are based on the actions of owners of the bordering property to the west having drainage problems that affect some of the properties. Madison said that because that property owner only developed one acre of the property, a storm water plan was not required, whereas the property in question would have to because it is larger than two acres.
Madison said the proposed site includes a gravel lot and would have a retention pond as part of the storm water plan. He believes the plan should be approved, stating “you can’t tell people what to do with their land”.
The five-year plan for highway improvements was approved and includes the following projects. With the City of Edwardsville, Village of Glen Carbon, and Collinsville Township, improvements to Old Troy Rd from Illinois Route 162 to Goshen Road.
The County is entering into the following joint ventures with the Illinois Department of Transportation and area municipalities. Resurfacing of Main Street and Clay Street with the City of Collinsville, reconstruction of Sugar Loaf Road and Summit Avenue, and replacing the bridge on Black Lane over Canteen Creek; resurfacing of Keebler Road with the Village of Maryville and construction of a round about at Keebler Road and Illinois Route 162; reconstruction of West Clay Street and Spring Valley Road with the City of Troy; construction of a round-a-bout at Old Troy Road and Illinois Route 162; resurfacing of Broadway Street with the City of Highland; and construction of the CSX Railroad bridge on Lebanon Road with Collinsville Township.
Langenwalter Bridge will be replaced on East Mill Creek Road in Jarvis Township and the bridge on Troy-O’Fallon Road over Mill Creek are being funded solely by the County and are set to be completed in 2021
During the Health Department meeting held at the end of the regular board meeting, a resolution was passed allowing Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to provide contact tracing to their students, faculty and staff on behalf of the Madison County Health Department using a grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health.