The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Board Hears Storage Units Planned for Carman, and more
By Sally Day-The Quill
Oquawka- Project Coordinator, Tom Doran, was on hand at the November 2012 meeting of the Henderson County Board meeting to discuss a new business venture for the Carman area. Tom’s brother, Bob and wife, Virginia have purchased a 10 acre plus tract of land, south of the Carman Cemetery on the west side of the road.
The land, to be developed into structures housing storage units, offices, and possibly a convenient store will be constructed by Doran Construction, headed by Chris Doran, Tom’s son. Many other options will be offered, as well. Zoning Officer Coral Seitz told board members that the Zoning Board had already approved a Zoning Variance, wherein this land would be re-zoned from Agricultural to B3, Business District. At the earlier Zoning Board meeting, some living nearby the proposed structures, asked how it would effect their zoning. They were told it would not. They also asked about how they would protect the water system if a gas station was placed there. The engineers, Bruner, Cooper, and Zuck noted that these things were protected by Federal law. It was further noted that there was a single hold out for selling their property. The property is owned by Zack Murphy. No one resides at this property, but there are a lot of older items amassed at this location, including a new house-like structure which was placed at this location shortly after the project began.
The county board also agreed to re-zoning the land to the Business District status.
In other business, the board:
- heard from Insurance Agent Keith Krohe, concerning the employees’ insurance. The board agreed to pay an increase of 10 percent from last year’s cost.
- decided to pursue further the mapping of the county in a discussion about 9-1-1. At this time, the board cannot afford to participate in the Enhanced 9-1-1 and will go with the mapping.
- heard from board member Jim Alexander, that unrepairable electronics can be dropped off at the Henderson County Healthy Department in Gladstone.
- agreed to waive the Pilot Tax for the Henderson County Housing Authority, after some discussion. Shirley Martinez, of the Henderson County Housing Authority, explained this was a tax in lieu of a paying a property tax for the Housing Authority. She went to mention how much good that money does for the Housing Authority and the many things it has paid for recently. Henderson County Treasurer, Susan Meyer, noted that the county could use that money, as well.
- passed a resolution for the State’s Attorney Appellate Prosecutor Resolution. This contract enables the State’s Attorney to gain assistance through the Appellate Courts. State’s Attorney Scott McClintock said this has been very helpful in the past.
- approved the Highway Resolutions.
- passed a motion to place the Annual Budget on file with a Work Copy.
- passed the Salary Resolution.
- appointed Sharon Eisenmayer to replace Beverly Brent as a trustee for the Henderson County Library Board.
- approved contracts for Counsel for the Indigent.
- set holiday and board meeting schedule for 2013.
- passed a motion for IKE Grant Policy Requirements for Procurement and Fair Housing Policies.
- approved Bond Abatement for County Highway Bond.
- approved claims paid in October.
- passed the minutes of the October 9 and October 30, 2012 meetings.