County Board buys road building materials, hears 911 update

Posted: Feb. 11, 2013 10:27 pm Updated: Mar. 4, 2013 11:15 pm

By DOUG WILSONHerald-Whig Senior Writer

Adams County Board members approved bids worth more than $1.2 million for aggregate, bituminous materials and other items for use in building roads.

During a brief meeting Monday night, the board also approved $150,000 to pay Klingner and Associates P.C. for professional services in repairing and replacing the bridge that carries County Highway 7 over Bear Creek.

Steve Rowlands, director of the Quincy/Adams County 911 system, answered questions from Finance Committee member John Heidbreder about more than $600,000 that has been set aside for replacement of equipment at the main emergency dispatch center in two years and the backup center a year later.

"We believe the equipment will cost about $300,000 in the main facility and about three-quarters that much at the backup facility," Rowlands said.

The funds have been coming in from a state-approved wireless phone tax that may sunset in July. Rowlands said if the tax expires, it will eliminate about $28,000 per month in revenue for the 911 system.

State's Attorney Jon Barnard said new members of the board will have to take training on the Illinois Open Meetings Act to comply with state law.