The Madison County Board on Wednesday tabled proposed rate increases for sheriff’s deputies after board members asked for more information about the practice of providing security for businesses and other organizations.  The ordinance would change hourly rates based on an officer’s rank and whether the officer is working overtime or a holiday.

The rates, based on a study by MGT Consulting, range from $91 to $147 per hour for overtime and $151 to $245 per hour for holidays.  After board members discussed liability insurance and whether the sheriff’s office has a policy on providing security officers, the board voted to table the issue until the July 21 meeting on the motion of Erica Harriss, chair of the Personnel and Labor Relations Committee.  The ordinance would go into effect Aug. 1.  County Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler tells the Big Z the county has not adjusted the rates since 2015. 

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The board also tabled a resolution and ordinance to add 93.7 acres southwest of the intersection of Illinois 143 and Interstate 55 to the Gateway Commerce Center Enterprise Zone. Plocher Construction is planning to develop the Edwardsville site, according to the ordinance. 

The Board approved a $53,112 loan for Wood River Township to convert two tennis courts at Kutter Park into six pickleball courts.  The funds also will go toward resurfacing parking lots and improving drainage along a trail. The loan, provided through sales tax revenue from the Metro-East Park and Recreation District, is for two years at 3 percent interest.

After a closed session, the board voted to release closed session minutes prior to April 30, 2021. The written minutes will be posted on the county’s website.


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