Peabody Energy representative Frank Brazinski spoke to the Saline County Board Thursday evening about the company's plan to file applications with Saline County to move Rocky Branch Road in order to strip mine some 800 acres of land located east of Southeastern Illinois College and south of state Route 13.
The road to be moved to make way for the mining is Rocky Branch Road. Other roads affected by the project are Carnahan Road, Cottage Grove Road and Old Route 13. The mining is planned to begin in 2014, according to Brazinski.
County Board Chairman Carey Harbison thanked the Peabody representative for the information and said the board would consider the matter when the applications are filed. Brazinski said the mining would not create any new jobs nor would it involve any county owned coal. It would effect 13 water lines, electric transmission lines and require four road closures he said.
The project would be active until 2018, he said.
In other county business Jim Fowler of the Audit and Inventory Committee proposed that the county give away 20 10-year-old computers that were used in the tax department since they have been replaced with new computers and no longer have market value. The board approved the proposal.
County Treasurer Danny Ragan said that the county would be $103,000 in the hole at the end of the month due to lower than expected sales tax revenues and would have to move funds from other accounts to meet the county's obligations. The proposal to move the funds and the rest of the treasurers report was approved.
The board approved the 2014 fiscal year budget.
The board approved the proposed fiscal year budget for Regional Office of Education No. 20.
A memorandum of understanding with the Egyptian Health Department was approved. It resolved the uncertainty concerning payments for waste disposal that were owed to Egyptian Health Department.
The board approved ordinance 122 which provides funding for CASA by assessing fees of $30 against each defendant found guilty of drug charges in county court. The $30 fees are to be deposited in a special account for CASA.
The board accepted the resignation of Bruce Tolley as chairman of the budget and finance commission of the county board. Tolley is a candidate for the office of Saline County Clerk and is resigning to avoid any conflicts of interest caused by his candidacy.