New members named to county panel on criminal justice

New members named to county panel on criminal justice

URBANA -- Three new members were appointed Tuesday by the Champaign County Board to a community justice task force organized to help study existing county programs aimed at preventing incarceration and promoting rehabilitation.

The task force is working with a consultant who is performing a jail needs assessment for the county.

The new task force members include former county board member Carol Ammons of Urbana; Darlene Kloeppel of Urbana, who has a background in justice system planning; and Bruce Suardini of Urbana, the CEO of Prairie Center Health Systems Inc., which provides substance abuse treatment.

Continuing members of the task force, which is expected to complete its work this spring, are Scott Bennett, Lynn Branham, James Kilgore, Julian Rappaport, William C. Sullivan and county board member Michael Richards.

County board members also agreed at Tuesday's committee of the whole meeting to issue a request for proposals for a contractor to run two countywide residential electronics collections in 2013.

The two recycling events tentatively have been scheduled for between 8 a.m. and noon on April 20 and Oct. 12, both Saturdays, and will be held at The News-Gazette distribution center at 3202 Apollo Drive, C.

The number of recycling events has dropped in recent years, from four days in 2011 to three in 2012 to two this year. The amount of electronics collected also has fallen off, from 291 tons collected in 2010 to 108 tons collected last year.

The board learned Tuesday that the county finished its last fiscal year on Nov. 30, 2012, in better shape than a year earlier.

The county's general corporate fund balance grew by more than $210,000 over the year and finished the fiscal year with a balance of $4.35 million, up from $4.1 million a year earlier.

"It's always good if we can maintain our expenditures within our revenues, and that's what we did," noted County Administrator Deb Busey.

Finally, the board approved a budget amendment to spend up to $14,000 on an intergovernmental agreement to challenge the EPA's decision to approve the disposal of wastes at the Clinton landfill.

Of the 22 board members, only Democrats Giraldo Rosales and Ralph Langenehim were absent.