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County Weighs $16M in Federal COVID Funds

More than $16 million in federal COVID-19 funds for about two dozen projects is scheduled to be discussed at Wednesday’s Madison County Board meeting.

In total, $16,605,150 in appropriations of Madison County’s federal COVID-19 money are scheduled to be voted on at the meeting that starts at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the county administration building in Edwardsville.

The appropriations include $3,738,000 for new Starcom Radio system, $2.6 million for Wood River drainage and levy work, $2,068,500 for stormwater work in Godfrey, $2 million for rural internet development, $1.5 million for community fire districts, $1,360,000 for the Keebler Interceptor sewer project in Maryville, $1 million for Madison County Group Health and $1 million for the Madison County Ditch & Cahokia Creek project.

Also on the appropriation list is $823,000 for stormwater work in Edwardsville, $840,650 for drinking water work in Maryville, $750,000 for the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau, $718,250 for stormwater work in Maryville, $662,500 for drinking water work in Glen Carbon, $500,000 for courthouse and administration center generators in Edwardsville, $500,000 each for record digitization in the county clerk and circuit clerk offices, $475,000 for stormwater work in Worden and $350,000 for stormwater work at America’s Central Port.

Other appropriations using ARPA funds will be discussed for the replacement of a highway department fuel tank, a public sector workforce project, a study of the county’s Wood River facility and stormwater work in Troy, Glen Carbon, Collinsville Township and Jarvis Township.

Beyond use of the ARPA funds, the board’s agenda includes buying 75 Dell Optiplex 5000 Small Form Factor computers for the circuit clerk’s office, a 2022 Ford Transit Connect XL cargo van for the Madison County Animal Care & Control Department, and a TruNarc narcotics analyzer for the sheriff’s office. The board will also discuss six building and zoning items and a contract for carpet and painting work on the third floor of the administration building. 

The board will also consider recommissioing election judges for the next two years and four appointments:

• Code Adjudication Hearing Officer: Rodney Caffey is recommended for reappointment to a new three-year term.

• Chouteau Island Drainage & Levee District: Scott Marks is recommended for reappointment to a new three-year term.

• Madison County Health Advisory Committee: Laura Burton is recommended for appointment to the remaining three-year term, replacing Lauren Hughes who resigned from the board in June.

• Emergency Telephone System Board: Brendan McKee is recommended for appointment to a new four-year term replacing Dan Gonzalez who resigned in June.

Source: The Intelligencer