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The Animal Services Committee meets quarterly at 5:50 p.m. on the last Monday of the month. The meetings, which are open to the public, are held in the County Board Conference Room.

This Committee shall:

  1. Implement all facets and programs necessary to effect the intentions of the Animal Control Act.
  2. Supervise all activities of the Animal Services Department.

This Committee shall:

  1. Receive reports and briefings from the Economic Development Director with respect to the marketing of the County to new and expanding businesses and industry.
  2. Receive confidential reports regarding development prospects and leads.
  3. Receive summaries of approved business loans approved by the Economic Development Department-Loan Committee.
  4. Review and approve industrial revenue bond requests in concert with the Finance Committee.
  5. Review and approve future changes to the boundaries of the American Bottoms Enterprise Zone and the St. Clair County MidAmerica Enterprise Zone and incentives offered within those Zones.
  6. One member will serve on the Economic Development Department-Loan Committee.

This Committee shall:

  1. Exercise general supervision over the Zoning and Mapping and Platting Departments.
  2. Review the budget transfers of the Department managers.
  3. Approve all subdivision plots, planned unit developments, zoning permits, zoning variances and zoning amendments.
  4. Prepare and recommend a mobile home code, flood plain code, fire code, building code, subdivision code, nuisance code, health code and to review them annually for necessary revisions.
  5. Act as a liaison between the Board and to cooperate with the Zoning Board of Appeals, Southwestern Illinois Metropolitan Area Planning Commission and all municipal planning commissions and zoning boards to provide long range planning for land use and to protect the environment.
  6. Review status changes in the Zoning and Mapping and Platting Departments.
  7. Review the enforcement procedures of the County, relative to all County environmental codes.

The Environment Committee meetings are held at 3:00 pm in the St. Clair County Board Conference Room.

The St. Clair County Finance Committee consists of seven County Board members that are appointed by the St. Clair County Board Chairman.

The Finance Committee meets the last two Mondays of every month in the St. Clair County Board conference room. On the last Monday, the Finance Committee meets prior to the County Board meeting and begins at 7:00 p.m. Other meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

This Committee shall:

  1. Determine and approve the total amount for personnel and non personnel expenditures in all departments of County government.
  2. Supervise all County finances, including, but not limited to the annual budget appropriation ordinance, tax levy, claims and expenses.
  3. Exercise continuous review of expenditures in order to preserve proper balance between budgeted amounts and expenditure amounts.
  4. Recommend fees and salaries, where they are not otherwise fixed by law.
  5. Review official bonds provided by statute.
  6. Review and direct all insurance programs.
  7. Review all audits of departments and special funds.
  8. Establish a centralized office for all County employees for personnel records, benefits, insurance and the retirement program.
  9. Supervise the procedures, policies and administration of the Director of Purchasing, to assure proper implementation of the County "Purchasing Code".
  10. Supervise the awarding of purchasing contacts for the County Board.
  11. Review and approve budgetary requests of the Mental Health Board.
  12. Prepare a personnel code for County employees.
  13. Review the annual audit to determine what action is required to implement the recommendations made by the outside auditing firm.
  14. Assist each department in the implementation of each recommendation as it pertains to that department.
  15. Report to the County Board the progress of the implementation.
  16. Review all special audits and their recommendations.

The St. Clair County Grants Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Intergovernmental Grants Department on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. The meetings are open to the public.

The Grants Committee reviews all proposals submitted by the Intergovernmental Grants Department prior to the submission on funding.
 

The Judiciary Committee consists of seven County Board members all of whom are appointed by the St. Clair County Board Chairman.

The Committee meets at 6:45 p.m. prior to the County Board meeting. The meeting is open to the public.

This Committee shall:
  1. Prepare and/or review all resolutions, ordinances and policies from all committees and county officials.
  2. Keep the County Code up to date with all revisions on an annual basis.
  3. Review all matters pertaining to elections, precinct designations and County Board Districts.
  4. Review and analyze all local, state and federal legislation affecting County government.
  5. Review the minutes of all board meetings for accuracy.
  6. Review County laws annually and prepare and submit recommendations for change.

The Labor/Management Committee meets as needed.

The Committee is responsible for:
  1. Negotiating with bargaining units representing employees of St. Clair County.
  2. Negotiating, reviewing and solving any differences that may arise between labor and management.
  3. Any other labor/management related duties as may arise as requested by the Chairman of the County Board or the County Board.

The Management Information Committee meets on the next to last Monday of the month. The meetings, which are held in the County Board Conference Room, begin at 7 p.m. and are open to the public.

This Committee shall:
  1. Provide guidance and input to the Information Technology Department.
  2. Serve as a liaison between the Information Technology Department and other County departments and offices, as needed and as requested by the Data Processing manager.
  3. Coordinate all management information efforts by the County, including, but not limited to the Information Technology Department.
  4. Review and approve all hardware, software and service proposals and purchases from the Information Technology Department prior to bid letting.
  5. Perform other duties and assignments as established by the County Board Chairman.

​ The members of the Property and Recreation Committee are appointed by the Chairman of the St. Clair County Board. The Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. the Monday before the St. Clair County Board meeting. The meetings are open to the public.

This Committee shall:
  1. Review and direct the maintenance of all County Buildings and facilities, including county parks.
  2. Work as a liaison for the Board with the Public Building Commission in so far as all County Buildings are concerned.
  3. Review and approve budget transfers from Foley Park.
  4. Prepare rules and regulations for the operation of all facilities under the control of the County.
  5. Recommend additional buildings and facilities as needed.
  6. Review monthly reports presented to the Public Building Commission on the operation and maintenance of MidAmerica Airport.

The members of the Public Safety Committee are appointed by the Chairman of the St. Clair County Board.

This Committee shall:
  1. Assist Departments and Agencies in complying with the Illinois Right-to-Know law.
  2. Recommend methods for promoting safety throughout the County.
  3. Supervise the operation of the Emergency Services and Disaster Agency.
  4. Review all accidents to property and people.
  5. Establish a system for handling employee safety regulations.
  6. Develop a new employee safety orientation program.
  7. Establish a safety inspection program.
  8. Develop or revise safety rules and procedures.
  9. Promote safety contest or awards programs.
  10. Provide or arrange special training programs. (Accident investigations, driver training, etc.)
  11. Communicate current and proposed regulatory requirements to departments or agencies.
  12. Develop and implement specific accident prevention activities.
  13. Review, update and prepare an annual report on the status of the County Risk Control Program.
  14. Review supervisors' safety activity reports. (If required.)
  15. Review minutes of Departmental Safety Committees. (If required.)

The Transportation Committee's next meeting is scheduled for December 12 at 5:30PM in the County Courthouse, 5th floor conference room.

This Committee shall:
  1. Review and approve the annual budget requests and expenditures proposed by the Highway Superintendent.
  2. Oversee management, construction and maintenance of County highways, including bridges and grade separations.
  3. Review contracts for major construction and maintenance projects in connection with transportation activities.
  4. Oversee acquisition and disposition of County Highway rights-of-way.
  5. Approve the purchase of County-owned highway equipment and rental of equipment.
  6. Oversee the construction of jointly-sponsored bridges with townships, municipalities and the Illinois Division of Highways.

​ The Trustee Committee members are appointed by the Chairman of the St. Clair County Board.

This Committee shall:
  1. Review the tax assessing and tax collecting programs of the County.
  2. Supervise the delinquent tax sale program. The Committee shall be or to extend the final payment date for the purchaser of the property to a maximum of six (6) months past the original sixty (60) day payment period. If the purchaser is occupying the property as his or her place of residence, the final payment date may be extended to a maximum of twelve (12) months past the original sixty (60) day payment period.

    In addition, the Committee may extend the final payment date for a person requesting a reconveyance to a maximum of six (6) months. If the person requesting the reconveyance occupies the property as a principal place of residence, the final payment due date may be extended to a maximum of twelve (12) months. Provided, however, all requests for extensions of final payments beyond the above authorized periods shall be referred to the full County Board for approval. When granting extensions, the Trustee Committee and the full County Board will consider, among other things, the following criteria:
    • The petitioners history of payment on the parcel for which the extension is requested.
    • The petitioners history of payment on other parcels.
    • The amount of money owed compared to the purchase price.
    • Petitioners payment of taxes on other parcels of property owned in St. Clair County.
    • Petitioners ability to borrow money from a conventional source.
    • Economic conditions in the taxing districts involved.
    • Economic conditions in the neighborhood in question.
    • Number of bidders on the parcel in question and for similar surrounding parcels.
    • Investment made by purchaser in this property. (i.e. insurance purchased, improvements made, property maintained.)
    • Long-term owner or speculator using the tax cycle to secure interest free loans.
    • Local governments voiced support for this purchase.
    • Interest of the purchaser outweighs those of other citizens in the taxing district involved.
  3. Work as the Board's liaison with the County Assessor and the Board of Review to determine what changes are necessary to operate a successful tax assessment system.
  4. Act in the County's interest at the annual Tax Sale under the Scavenger Act.