Duties of the McDonough County Board and Committees

County Clerk
#1 Courthouse Square
Macomb, IL 61455
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County Board Business System

The McDonough County Board consists of 21 members, elected from the 3 County Board Districts in McDonough County. The business of the County Board is conducted through the committee system. There are 6 standing committees for the oversight and budgetary control over their assigned areas. The committees will report their activities and requests for action to the full County Board on a monthly basis.

The County Board meets the third Wednesday of each month (unless the meeting date is changed and announced at the meeting prior) at the McDonough County Courthouse. The meetings of the County Board and its committees are all open to the public and can only be closed under the restrictions set for in the Illinois Open Meetings Act. The County Board has an approved set of Board rules that it operates under. If an item is not addressed by a Board rule, then standard parliamentary procedure under Roberts Rules of Order, Newly Revised, is followed.

Elms/Building and Grounds

This Committee oversees the use of County resources in the following areas: the County Maintenance Department; maintenance of the following facilities: County Courthouse, Elms Nursing Home, County Highway Building, County West Building; repairs and changes recommended by the Safety Committee, and items referred from other Committees or assigned by County Board Chair. A performance Evaluation for the Maintenance Director will be conducted annually by this Committee. (Currently, the Building Commission has responsibility for maintenance of the Zahren Building, the Elms and the County Jail; by statute, the County Sheriff is responsible for oversight of operation of the County Courthouse.

ESDA and Claims

This Committee oversees the use of County resources for Emergency services and disaster assistance: reviews all claims made to the County Treasurer each month, and other items referred from other committees or assigned by the Board Chair. A performance evaluation for the County ESDA Director will be conducted annually by this committee.

Finance

This Committee oversees the use of County resources in the following areas: County budget and financial resources as well as the use of County resources by the Coroner, YMCA Senior Meals, and McDonough County Public Transportation. The Finance Committee serves as the Insurance Committee and, if needed, as an Executive Committee of the County Board. Members of the Committee include the Chairs of all other permanent Committees of the County Board.

HR & Planning

This Committee oversees the use of County resources in the following areas: Personnel Policy and Personnel Issues, Safety Committee, Animal Shelter and Animal Control Officer, and items referred from other Committees or assigned by Board Chair. This committee is responsible for new Board Member orientation. A performance evaluation for the County Animal Control Officer will be conducted annually by this Committee.

Law & Legal

This Committee oversees the use of County resources in the following areas: the Sheriff’s Department, Supervisor of Assessments and GIS, Veteran’s Assistance Commission, Landfill/Tri-County Waste Management and other environmental issues. Other legal matters needing a committee hearing are also brought to this Committee including non-routine applications of the County Sub-division Code and items referred from other committees or assigned by County Board Chair. A Performance Evaluation for the Supervisor of Assessments will be conducted annually by this Committee.

Road & Bridge

This Committee oversees the use of County resources in the following areas: McDonough County Highway Department, and items referred from other Committees as assigned by County Board Chairman.