Committee to resume meeting in Iroquois County

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Board's long-inactive health committee is expected to begin meeting again following the creation of a public health department serving exclusively Iroquois County.

The board's policy and procedure committee voted unanimously last week to recommend the full board approve reinstating the health committee during its next meeting on Dec. 10.

Board member John Shure of rural Buckley said the health committee will either be a part of the tax committee or "there will be two separate committees with essentially the same personnel that will meet back-to-back (each month)."

Shure said the health committee probably will start meeting next July, after the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department is dissolved and both Ford and Iroquois counties create their own separate health departments.

Shure said the "main function" of the health committee will be to provide oversight and make recommendations to the county board regarding the operation of the new health department. The new agency is also expected to have an eight-member board of health.

Also last week, the policy and procedure committee voted to levy the maximum the county could — $480,000 — to support operations of the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department in the 2014 fiscal year, which began Dec. 1. The levy also includes property taxes to be collected on behalf of the health department for the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. Shure said the amount is lower than last year's levy for the health department and its IMRF fund, which totaled more than $500,000.

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