New zoning administrator starts work May 1 in Pike County

Posted: Apr. 29, 2014 8:53 am Updated: May. 20, 2014 12:14 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- William Orrill will become the new zoning administrator in Pike County on Thursday.

The county had 15 applications for the part-time job and interviewed eight candidates in late March before offering the job to Orrill of Griggsville.

Orrill, 47, spent 23 years in the Air Force before moving back to Pike County four years ago. Orrill said he doesn't have previous experience with zoning issues, but brings to the job computer experience, especially with Excel spreadsheets and maps, along with familiarity with federal regulations including Federal Emergency Management Agency guidelines.

The 20- to 24-hour per week job pays $20,000 per year. Office hours will be set after discussion with the board, Orrill said.

Angela Moss, who was hired as zoning administrator in November 2007, resigned in January.

Board members also accepted the lowest of three bids -- $115,400 from Meyer Roofing of Springfield -- to replace and upgrade the covering on the flat parts of the courthouse roof.

Building and Grounds Committee Chairman Michael Boren said the work should take about six weeks and could be finished in June.

Finance Committee Chairman Jim Sheppard said the bid exceeded the line item for capital outlay. The board could amend the committee's budget before the end of the fiscal year on Nov. 30 if other funds spend less than anticipated, but the contingency fund already has been tapped.

It's possible court system funds overseen by the judge could be used for the roof work, Sheppard said, or the entire budget could be amended to reflect changes in revenue and expenses.

Also Monday, board members ruled out buying the west side of the older section of Green Acres Motel as a site for housing the county's ambulances.

The county rents the former Ansari building to house personnel, but that lot is narrow with no additional space to build a facility for the ambulances. Public Safety Committee Chairman Cleve Curry said the ambulances are parked outside next to the building in temperate weather, but during freezing weather the ambulances are housed in a building on the Illini Community Hospital grounds about half a block away.