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17 apply for county animal control warden job

by Matt Schury


Kendall County's Animal Control agency received 17 applications for the position of Animal Control warden since former warden Anna Payton announced her resignation in May.

Board member Amy Cesich who chairs the County Board's Animal Control Facility, told the board last week that she, county administrator Jeff Wilkins and Dr. Gary Schlapp have conducted interviews and may recommend a candidate for the board to vote on at the board's next meeting on Tuesday, July 15.

"I think that it was interesting that there were 17 applicants, that's certainly a testament to the times, that are not quite back to where certain people say they are," Board Chairman John Shaw said.

Cesich added that the group didn't have many local people apply but the person they are considering has the experience and education they are seeking. She said the annual salary range is $39,000 to $43,000. Payton was making about $45,000 annually.

Payton announced her departure in May after accepting a position at the Naperville Humane Society.

Under Payton the board approved a new set of operating procedures at the Kendall County Animal Control facility that says dogs and cats are no longer subject to a time frame when it comes to staying at the facility. According to the old policy, the animals weren't kept by Animal Control beyond 37 days.

Board backs grant bid

In other business, the County Board also approved sending a letter last week to the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) that supports the Chicago Metro Metal Consortium's Transportation Committee's request for a Local Technical Assistance (LTA) grant from CMAP.

In May US Department of Commerce officials designated Cook County and seven collar counties in the Chicago area (including Kendall County) as one of 12 preferred regions nationwide that can apply for a portion of billions of dollars of in funding to invest in manufacturing.

The letter says the Chicago area is a leader in metal fabrication with over 3,700 firms and a combined $30 billion in annual revenue. It adds that 70 communities applied nationwide.

"As one of 12 designated 'Manufacturing Communities,' the consortium is poised to secure significant federal resources for this industry cluster," Shaw states in his letter.

The letter continues, the consortium seeks LTA to help their transportation committee assess and prioritize transportation projects for submittal to the US Department of Transportation's Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) discretionary grant program.

The designation provides preferential consideration for over two years for federal funding, including the TIGER program, which the letter says is highly competitive.

"(LTA) will strengthen the consortium's efforts to secure TIGER funding for a project which strengthens our nation's infrastructure and manufacturing sector while improving the movement of metal goods and workers in our region," the letter said.

"This is really a good step forward," Board member Dan Koukol said.

Shaw recalled that at one time the City of Aurora was the metal fabrication center of the nation. He noted that almost 80 percent of the population of the city worked in these plants in one way or another.

"Certainly it makes sense," Shaw said.

Renew pact with drug agency

Last week the board unanimously approved of allowing County Sheriff Richard Randall to sign an agreement for the Chicago High Intensity Drug Trafficking Agency (HIDTA) to renew Michael Bobko as Security Officer and Facility Manager of the group effective June 3, 2014 to June 3, 2015 in the amount not to exceed $60,000.

Chicago HIDTA is comprised of Cook County, the City of Chicago as well as Grundy, Kendall, and Will Counties. In 2011 the board unanimously approved allowing the Kendall County Sheriff's office to act as one of the fiduciaries for the Chicago High Intensity Drug Trafficking Agency (HIDTA).

County Sheriff Richard Randall told the board at the time that the county would take in $25,000 in administrative fees for handling the $2.5 million from HIDTA.

Randall said that a portion of drug traffic forfeiture assets would be deposited into Kendall County's asset forfeiture fund. Each time a drug forfeiture is made by HIDTA, funds will be added to the account.

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