County Commissioners approve prevailing wage ordinance
The Johnson County Commissioners met for a regularly scheduled meeting Monday in which no unfinished business was on the agenda and very little in new business required any discussion.
Chairman Jeff Mears was out due to illness with vice-chairman Phil Stewart and commissioner Ernie Henshaw present.
The commissioners renewed their approval of the Prevailing Wage Ordinance, which aligns Johnson County with the State of Illinois in its Prevailing Wage Act, a “policy of the State of Illinois that a wage of no less than the general prevailing hourly rate as paid for work of a similar character in the locality in which the work is performed, shall be paid to all laborers, workers and mechanics employed by or on behalf of any and all public bodies engaged in public works,” according to the Act.
The commissioners also approved the motion that Shawnee Development Council met its obligations in its decision to discontinue renting office space at West Vienna from Johnson County due to its need to reduce expenditures. Shawnee Development Council said its organization is becoming regional and would continue to maintain offices in Anna, Metropolis, Cairo and Elizabethtown with an office at Shawnee College and its administrative office in Karnak. Shawnee Development Council’s stated mission is “to enable individuals, families and communities to determine their needs and obtain the resources required to accomplish their goals of self-sufficiency and a better quality of life.”
Before approving highway and county bills in the amounts of $33,452.07 and $71,618.97 respectively, the commissioners approved a video gaming license for Big Boys on the Loop and accepted the resignation of Raymond Webb, Johnson County’s Housing Authority and board appointee, and approved Neal Watkins as his replacement until a new candidate is available to vote on.
The commissioners also heard from president, founder and chief of field operations at Shawnee Survey & Consulting, headquartered in Vienna, Mitchell R. Garrett, who spoke before the board on the increase in employees and growth of the business, which seeks to continue growing and improving opportunities for Johnson County.
Garrett said Shawnee Survey is currently in a job creation mode and is looking to capture more contracts that previously went to out-of-state firms. He said Shawnee Survey would like to work with the county to help it protect its interest and infrastructure in light of the hydraulic fracturing work purported to be coming to Johnson County. Garrett also said Shawnee Survey is preparing to move a recently purchased building from West Vienna to Vienna as part of the business’ commitment to grow its headquarters in Johnson County as it wished to help improve and encourage business “on the square” in Vienna.
The next regularly scheduled commissioner’s meeting is set for June 17, with a start time of 3:30 p.m.