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Knox County Board, nursing home ink new contract
The Register-Mail - 12/27/2017
Dec. 27--GALESBURG -- Knox County Nursing Home employees have a contract.
The Knox County Board approved a new contract Tuesday night with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1047 after the union ratified it Thursday. The vote was 14-0 by the board members present as board member Rick Sandoval, R-District 5, was the lone board member absent Tuesday night.
The specifics about the deal were not immediately available as of 8:10 p.m. Tuesday, but it was believed the employees received a raise in the new contract. There were no public comments by board members on the matter as they solely voted to approve it in open session during Tuesday night's board meeting.
In other action, the board voted 13-1 to send a vote on what to do with a tree near the courthouse back to the sheriff's committee. The lone "no" vote came from board member Lyle Johnson, D-District 1.
He explained his reasoning during the board member comment segment at the end of the meeting.
"There's a lot of things that's already been tried on the crows" and trees over the years, he said.
Board member David Amor, D-District 2, had supported cutting down the tree while in committee talks last week, but made the motion to send it back to committee to look at other options Tuesday night. That tree is closest to the parking lot as a person walks from the lot to the main entrance of the Knox County Courthouse, 200 S. Cherry St.
It is a healthy tree and the motive behind cutting it down was to take away a location where migrating crows congregated, leaving behind mass quantities of droppings on the sidewalk leading up to the Courthouse's main entrance.
The measure came to committee from board Vice Chairman Robert "Bob" Bondi, R-District 2, with a price tag of $1,200 to cut it down and up to $200 to replace it with a shorter, more vertical tree. He also said the concept of the measure came from courthouse employees voicing concerns.
Amor's motion was made after one person spoke during the public comment period, Galesburg Tree Commissioner Sofia Tagkaloglou, who also spoke at a committee hearing last week.
She asked the board to look at other methods and be more proactive. Some of those other methods mentioned at a committee hearing last week included pruning the tree while other people have brought up shining lights at the trees that attract migrating crows during the winter months. That technique is used by Knox College.
Board Chairwoman Pam Davidson, D-District 3, has been against cutting down the tree this month as it has come up at different committee hearings. She again voiced her opposition to cutting down a healthy tree during Tuesday night's meeting.
"I think it's kind of moved hastily and I think we should look at other means to save the tree," she said.
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