New County Board Member Bill Mays
Bill Mays is the newest member of the Livingston County Board. His approval was the first order of business at Thursday’s (5-16) county board meeting. A vacancy was created when Randy Wittenberg took a position at LivCom, a position he couldn’t hold and remain a member of the county board. In these situations, the board chair has the authority to choose a replacement with the consent of the board. Chair Marty Fannin chose Mays, saying he felt Mays was a good match for the other members. Mays says he’s feeling overwhelmed at this point, but he says he’s looking forward to the challenges ahead. Mays lives in Pontiac and has worked as a printer for the last 30 years. He says he's known Board Chair Marty Fannin since they were children.
In other business, board members heard an annual mental health report from Carol Flessner, executive director of the Livingston County Mental Health Board. They also approved the re-appointment of Duane Kiesewetter as the Supervisor of Assessments. Kiesewetter thanked the board, and announced his intention to step down in 2015. The board also extended the agreement that provides for the University of Illinois Extension service office in Pontiac.
The board also appointed the Sheriff, Jail, and License Committee as well as Bob Taylor to launch a feasibility study of Sheriff Marty Meredith’s proposal for county control of Dwight Correctional Center. The sheriff believes that the facility, now abandoned by the state, can be used to generate revenue and jobs in the county. Board members agreed that the question will require careful study.