By DEBORAH GERTZ HUSAR
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
The Adams County Board is moving forward with plans for security cameras in the clerk-recorder office and in the Regional Office of Education.
Transportation, Building and Technology Committee Chairman Mike McLaughlin said the cameras, approved Tuesday, will address security concerns in the offices.
Security cameras "in hallways, in the jail proved to be very vital to us in reducing our liability. This is just a good thing to do," McLaughlin said. "We're presently also looking at doing new cameras for all the buildings countywide, but that will be a major expense. We need to address these two offices right away."
County Clerk Georgia Volm said getting cameras, primarily for the recorder's office, has been a goal for several years to preserve the integrity of the county's land records and put a stop to potential fraud.
If someone files a fraudulent quit-claim deed, for example, "we can check those cameras, get a picture of that person, stream it to the banks, and if that person comes in to get a mortgage, stop it right then," Volm said.
Her office already has price quotes on cameras, which will be ordered by today.
"We're ready to go pretty much," she said.
Volm said the $2,200-2,500 cost will be covered by funds the county received from a lawsuit won by the state tied to fraudulent land records outside of Adams County.
McLaughlin said the cameras will help protect documents in the recorder's office and with security issues in the clerk's office.
"We've had some people come in a little irate," he said. "We've had to call the sheriff's department, and we'd like to have some good documentation in case there's an incident."
Regional Superintendent Debbie Niederhauser's office will be doing GED testing, and "one requirement is to have cameras there monitoring people taking the tests," McLaughlin said.
The county's IT department will work with the officeholders on the new cameras, McLaughlin said, which will be paid for out of office funds at no additional expense to taxpayers.
In other action, the Adams County Board:
º Learned that budget request forms will be sent to officeholders and Finance Committee Chairman Duane Venvertloh hopes to have them back by the end of the month to begin work on next year's spending plan.
º Approved liquor licenses for the Adams County Fair, July 24-30, and for Ethan's Rodeo, slated for Aug. 16-17 a the Adams County Fairgrounds.
º Appointed Jamie Hicks and Kenshaw Walker to the Clayton Sanitary District.
º Heard an update on road projects. Milling work has begun on 54th between Broadway and State and Wismann Lane between 24th and 30th, and bridge work west of Ursa tentatively will start next week.
º Approved final plats for Willow Pond Subdivision in Burton Township and Bailey Lane Estates in Liberty Township.
º Tabled a resolution to establish a coroner grant fund to finalize account numbers for the revenue and expenses. The coroner's office has applied for and received a grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health for $4,625 that was not anticipated in the budget.