BY BRIAN L. HUCHEL
Vermilion County Board Finance Committee members approved budget changes Monday as a result of unexpected cases and a change in personnel classification for the coroner’s office.
Members voted unanimously to approve two line-item transfers totaling $9,000 and budget amendment totaling $38,685.
Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson told committee members that part of the expenses stem from a steep increase in the number of autopsies her office has had to pay for this year.
Last year, fewer than 55 autopsies were needed for cases coming through Johnson’s office. This year has already exceeded that total, she said, with 71 autopsies performed as of Monday.
In addition to the unexpected autopsies, Johnson said funds also were needed as part of a classification switch for the deputy coroner. The position — which had been considered an independent contractor in the past — was being changed to salaried county employee.
Also at Monday’s meeting, county board chairman Jim McMahon said the county added a total of 16 names Monday morning to the plaque in the Vermilion County Courthouse honoring all war veterans from Vermilion County.
The names — from the World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars — were added using plates donated by Danville Paper and Supply Company, he said, adding that veteran Romeo Zamberletti volunteered to handle the research of each name.
“We made several families very, very happy,” he told committee members.
In addition to the added names, two misspellings were also corrected on the plaque, located on the south wall of the first floor of the courthouse.
McMahon said a list of names has already been started for placement on the plaque next year. The deadline for the names is October, allowing the county to place the names on the plaque prior to Veterans Day in November.