Champaign County Jail study to take longer, cost more
URBANA — A jail-needs assessment study for Champaign County, originally scheduled to be unveiled in May, now will be delivered in September at an added cost to the county.
The county board voted Tuesday night, at a marathon committee of the whole meeting, to pay the Institute for Law and Policy Planning an additional $25,000 -- up from its original contract for $120,000 -- for more work.
The vote was 10-9.
Board members voting for the additional payment included Democrats Alan Kurtz, Ralph Langenheim, Pattsi Petrie, James Quisenberry, Rachel Schwartz, Astrid Berkson, Lloyd Carter, Lorraine Cowart and Christopher Alix, and Republican Jim McGuire.
Voting against it were Republicans Stan James, John Jay, Jeff Kibler, Stanley Harper, Diane Michaels, Max Mitchell, Jon Schreoder and Aaron Esry, and Democrat Josh Hartke.
The amended contract with ILPP calls for the Berkeley, Calif., firm to include in its final recommendation and action plan an upcoming report from a separate community justice task force. The task force report is expected later this month.
The new payment to ILPP is necessary, according to a memo from County Administrator Deb Busey, because of the need to review and integrate the task force report, to incorporate input from the public and elected officials and because of the additional public engagement required of ILPP.
She said the $25,000 figure was suggested by Kalmanoff.
“I feel that it’s important that we play this out to its final conclusion,” said board Chair Alan Kurtz.
Also Tuesday, the board approved a number of appointments, including Sarah Livesay of St. Joseph to the Champaign County Forest Preserve District board; Betty Segal of Rantoul and David Thies of Champaign to the county board of health; and Susan Suter of Champaign to the developmental disabilities board.
Suter replaces Joyce Dill of Urbana, who was one of five applicants for the board.
Moments later, however, the board voted to expand the size of the developmental disabilities board from three to five members.
Kurtz endorsed the move, saying the developmental disabilities board needed more diversity. Other board members said that because the board had so many well-qualified applicants, it only made sense to expand its size.
Finally, the board deferred taking a vote on a resolution that would limit the eligible properties that could be used by a hospital claiming a charity care examption on its property taxes. The resolution, which Democrats said was promoted by Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing, was aimed at Carle Foundation Hospital. The vote on the resolution was pulled after Democrats found there wasn’t enough support for it.
Mahomet Republican Gary Maxwell was the only board member absent from the 3 3/4-hour meeting.