Carroll County Proclaims April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month
By JOHN HUGGINS | For The Prairie Advocate News
MOUNT CARROLL – All board members except Shawn Picolotti were present at the March 19 Carroll County Board meeting at the Courthouse in Mount Carroll.
Lorie Bumphrey with Riverview Center, Inc. was on hand to ask the board to pass a proclamation.
Bumphrey stated, “April is recognized nationally as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. We are requesting Carroll County also recognize April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month as well.”
“Essentially,” she continued, “with that awareness comes the fact that Riverview Center can’t do it all alone. We need the community’s support to offer education and services to the victims and significant others sexual violence. It obviously has an impact for years after they experience this, whether it’s post-traumatic stress or other mental illness. We are just requesting the proclamation to be heard and, hopefully, agreed upon that we can, as a community, support survivors of sexual assault.”
The board passed the proclamation unanimously. The proclamation reads:
“WHEREAS, sexual assault affects women, children, and men of all racial, cultural and economic backgrounds; and
WHEREAS, in addition to the immediate physical and emotional costs, sexual assault may also have associated consequences of post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, depression, homelessness, eating disorders and suicide; and
WHEREAS, sexual assault can be devastating not only to the survivor, but also for the family and friends of the survivor; and
WHEREAS, since no one person, organization, agency or community can eliminate sexual assault on their own, we must work together to educate our entire population about what can be done to prevent sexual assault, support victim/survivors and their significant others and support those agencies providing services to victims/survivors.
NOW THEREFORE, the board of the supervisors in and for Carroll County, on behalf of all staff and citizens of Carroll County, do hereby proclaim the month of April, 2013 as ‘SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH’ in the Carroll County, Illinois and encourage all citizens to learn more about preventing sexual violence.”
County Highway Engineer Kevin Vandendooren reported that revenues from motor fuel tax are down this year. On average, the county has been receiving around $330,000 the past several years. This year that number is down to $280,000.
The department plans to pave Timberlake Road with hot mix asphalt. The project is estimated to cost $850,000. The board passed two resolutions to pay for the project. One resolution was to use $350,000 from the motor fuel tax fund and the other to use county matching funds of $500,000.
Plans for this year also include four and one half miles of seal coating at Savanna Depot Park.
Vandendooren reported he hoped to have his five year plan submitted to the board by the next regular meeting. He also reported he will not have as much of a surplus of salt as he had reported a few months ago due to the recent weather.
Vandendooren also reported the county Hazard mitigation plan has been submitted to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). He stated that, if IEMA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved the plan, there are about 100 sites in the county that qualify for funding and the county can start applying for money.
Opt-out letters for the electric aggregate should be sent out during the week of April 25. If residents that receive the letter want to take advantage of the lower rates, they do not have to do anything. It is estimated the savings will take effect in June or July of this year.
County board member Ron Preston stated that the state’s attorney checked into the possibility of offering tax incentives for residential growth. He noted that the county could not offer them, however, the municipalities can. He inquired as to how to share this information with the municipalities.
County Administrator Mike Doty suggested that the municipalities probably have discussed this at the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS) committee since most of the mayors attend those meetings. CEDS chairman John Huggins said he would put it on the agenda for the July committee meeting to discuss it further if Preston would like to attend the meeting.
In Other Business
Authorized Sheriff Jeff Doran to renegotiate the two bids for a new patrol car.
Learned the discrepancy regarding union contracts in the circuit clerk’s office is in litigation.
Animal control department waiting for warmer weather to install new kennels.
Carroll County Zoning Officer Julie Yuswak and Savanna Mayor Larry Stebbins will travel to Chicago to attend a meeting about the Army Corp of Engineers report on the Plum River.
The Carroll County Senior Center will be holding a silent auction fundraiser from April 22 to April 26.
Passed an ordinance to increase the territory of the Whiteside County Enterprise Zone to include the former Menards building in Sterling.