Sept. 6 Winnebago County Board notes

Special-use permit verbiage spurs debate

Nashwan M. Ali was petitioning the board for a special-use permit to allow for a “food and liquor carry-out establishment” at 1002 Pierpont Ave. in Rockford.

The word “liquor” attached to the request raised a small furor from District 6 Democrats Pearl Hawks and Dorothy Redd, who argued their district already has plenty of outlets for purchasing alcohol.

Attempting to quell the concerns of Hawks and Redd, Pete MacKay (R-5) noted the permit comes with strict conditions. Redd retorted by stating conditions are not always enforced.

John Harmon (R-4) and Bob Kinnison (R-10) noted it’s not the board’s place to make judgment calls on behalf of the Liquor Commission, which ultimately decides whether the establishment will be licensed to sell spirits. Harmon said even if the word “liquor” were omitted from the special-use permit, the intent of the zoning issue would be unchanged.

After the clarification, the special-use permit and subsequent setback variance were approved.

2008 budget awaits approval

The Winnebago County Board read in and laidover Chairman Scott Christiansen’s (R) $217.4 million 2008 county budget. With the new fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, the board will vote on the budget Sept. 27. Per the spending plan, the owner of a $100,000 home will see savings of about $6 on property tax bills.

Resolutions passed

The county board moved ahead with its county-wide Hazard Mitigation Plan by approving a resolution that will allow the hiring of a consultant to draft the plan.

The board also passed a Resolution Supporting the Creation of a Resource Intervention Center (RIC). The program is hoped to relieve jail crowding by rehabilitating non-violent, first-time offenders. RIC participants will cost the county about a fourth of the cost of keeping them in jail. Board members Mary Ann Aiello (R-9), Paul Gorski (D-5), Pete MacKay (R-5) and John F. Sweeney (R-14) voted unsuccessfully to layover the resolution.

Aiello argued the board should know which alternative programs will be funded, and how they’ll work together, before approving the center.

A resolution authorizing the execution of a joint funding agreement with the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Geological Survey for the operation of a stream-flow gauging station on the Kishwaukee River was also passed.

Board members approved a resolution authorizing the execution of an intergovernmental agreement among the county, the City of Loves Park and the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority for improvements to Riverside Boulevard at the Interstate 90 tollway interchange. The board subsequently authorized professional services agreements with consulting engineers Baxter & Woodman, Inc. for improvements to the East Riverside Development Project in Loves Park, as well as improvements to the Riverside Boulevard/I-90 tollway interchange.

Agreements with Missman, Stanley & Associates, P.C., an engineering and land surveying firm, for improvements to the East Riverside Development Project in Loves Park and improvements to County Highway 5 were also approved.

An intergovernmental agreement with the Village of Machesney Park for the installation of a traffic signal at Perryville Road and Willow Brook Lane was passed.


David C. Ward was appointed to the Cherry Valley Cemetery Association for a term expiring March 2011.

Brian Peterson was appointed to the MetroCentre Authority. His term expires in June 2012.

Jim Fingland was appointed to serve on the Win-Bur Sew Fire Protection District until May 2010.


George Anne Duckett (D-12) was not present.

from the Sept. 12 – 18, 2007, issue

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