Also at Tuesday’s meeting:
n A risk manager for the county’s insurance firm told board members that Vermilion County has reached its legal boundary in governing landowners.
Tim Drury of Bliss McKnight Insurance was asked update the board on the county’s liability with regard to the wind farm ordinance.
He indicated the county — without zoning — cannot enact statutory restrictions in regard to property, including the county’s current wind farm ordinance.
“You’ve legislated as far as you can” with your current state, he said.
Drury noted that additional attempts to govern landowner’s property rights would be “overstepping your bounds” and cause the county to be challenged legally.
Assistant State’s Attorney Bill Donahue noted that if the county would start setting requirements it would become “de facto zoning.”
n Vermilion Manor Foundation director Phil Kruzich told board members the foundation has $8,500 in remaining funds that is using to help specific residents with needs at the nursing home.
Kruzich said the board already has used some funds collected from gifts and grants to get repairs on one resident’s electric wheel chair and help another resident who was confined to his bed to get the appropriate equipment to sit up.
The long-time county-owned nursing home was purchased as of early August by Premier Health Care Management and re-named to Garden View Nursing Home. Kruzich said the foundation board would disband after the remaining funds are used for residents.
District 7 board member John Dreher said he would like to see the board reorganize to assist residents in the gaps where Medicare and Medicaid do not pay.