County board gets new member

By Samantha Rubin

The DeKalb County Board met Wednesday night to discuss a new appointee and several other items.

Applause echoed through the room as Michael Haines was appointed the county board member for District 2. The DeKalb County Board declared Kingston board member Steve Faivre’s office vacant after his resignation earlier in the month. The meeting turned quickly from vacant office positions to the fiscal year 2006 budget.

The Finance Committee brought up a motion for the FY2006 Budget to be placed on file for public view. This means it will be available in the county clerk’s office, the county’s Web site, and at the Sandwich City Hall and the office of the Genoa City Clerk. Issues regarding the budget can be addressed at the Finance Committee meeting Nov. 2. The resolution passed unanimously.

One county board member felt the board needed more chances to discuss issues as a full board than the chance granted by just the one board meeting per month.

County board member Roger Steimel, of District 3, said county board members have few opportunities to interact with the full county board and he recommended a workshop meeting for this purpose.

The Forest Preserve Committee took over the meeting as the county board members granted $10,080 to David Turner Electric of Shabbona, Illinois for electrical work to be done at the Shabbona Forest Preserve. The board had eight requests for bids but received only one.

Another award was granted to Zenz Buildings for $17,970 to construct a metal barn storage building at the Afton Forest Preserve.