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By Randy Pierce
Julie Redmond’s proposed reappointment to the State Park Place Light District Board in Collinsville has been held up, pending the input from a Madison County Board member who represents that area.
With her term of office having expired on May 1 of this year, Redmond was proposed for the three-year reappointment, to extend into 2026, before the county board government relations committee when it met earlier this month.
The chairman of that committee, Stacey Pace of Troy, explained she had been made aware another county board member had expressed support for the reappointment, but then, without mentioning specific individuals, she learned that the area including this district’s boundaries is actually represented by a different individual on the county board.
For that reason, Pace stated she was “uncomfortable” with the reappointment until the applicable county board member was contacted about moving forward with it. Committee member Mike Babcock’s motion to postpone this action until August was approved unanimously.
Pace further noted that confirming the correct board member’s support for the reappointment is a “professional courtesy” often followed in such instances.
The State Park Place Light District encompasses an area of unincorporated Collinsville just to the west of the city near where Interstate 255 runs in a north-south direction. Its board consists of three people who oversee the administration of the tax levy which provides income for the provision of the appropriate utility service and receive a stipend of up to $300 each a month for their responsibilities in this regard.
Julie Redmond is the widow of Charles “Jim” Redmond who passed away in early 2018 and formerly served on the same light district board. The other board members are Kenneth Hayes and Barbara Dowdy. There are a total of three such street light districts in Madison County.
Redmond’s reappointment, when it advances out of the government relations committee as anticipated, will go to the full county board for final approval.