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County government reorganizes


January 07, 2009
The Crawford County Council and Board of Commissioners organized for 2009 Friday morning. Leadership for both groups for the new year will look a lot like that of the past year, with a wrinkle thrown in on the council.

The commissioners again voted District 1 Commissioner Larry Bye to serve as their president (Bye abstained from the vote), and the council renamed Jerry Brewer its president. However, Jim Taylor was named vice president, replacing Daniel Crecelius, who lost his bid for a fourth term in November.

The commissioners voted 3-0 to rehire John E. Colin as the county attorney.

In addition, the commissioners will continue to meet the last Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m., preceded by a 5 p.m. closed executive session. The council will continue meeting on the second Tuesday of each month (except for January), but will do so at 6 p.m. through April and from September through December and at 7 p.m. May through August. Both bodies will meet at the Crawford County Judicial Complex at English.

While the commissioners closed their reorganization meeting just moments after it began, the council continued into its regular monthly meeting.

The council, with new members Doug McLain and Bill Breeding, approved an invoice of $109,931 presented by District 3 Commissioner Jim Schultz for the County Bridge No. 45 project at Alton. The grant-funded project requires a 20-percent match from the county. The money is to come from the county's Orange County Gaming Fund.

Following up on action taken by the commissioners at their December meeting, the council voted 7-0 to extend the contract of Richard Sharpe, hired to help with platting, by 60 days. As a contract employee, Sharpe does not receive benefits other than an hourly wage.

The council also appointed McLain to the county's Communication Board, Councilman Joey Robinson to the Crawford County Youth Service Board and Breeding to the Emergency Management Agency Board.

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