A special board meeting called by Iroquois County Board Chairman, Rod Copas last night for the purpose of removing & replacing appointed members of the Ford-Iroquois County Board of Public Health was stricken from the agenda shortly after the meeting was called to order.
Iroquois County Board Member , Scott Watts made a motion to remove from the agenda Remove & Replace Appointees under the Ford-Iroquois County Board of Public Health Discussion section, a second motion was made and it was removed from the agenda. Due to the lack of information the entire County Board had on the issue, he felt no decision should be made at last night’s meeting. However, that didn’t stop the meeting from becoming heated from questions the Iroquois County Board members and the public in attendance had over the next hour and a half.
Iroquois County State’s Attorney, Jim Devine spoke about the legality of the Health Department moving across state lines, how the Ford-Iroquois County Board of Public Health was by law to consist of 4 Iroquois Members & 4 Ford members, which it currently doesn’t, and what would have to take place in order for the Ford-Iroquois County Public Health Department to not exist-both the Ford & Iroquois County Board’s would have to be in agreement for the resolution and a final decision would have to come from the Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.
It was said by State’s Attorney, Jim Devine, the public health department will not be closing. Several people, including current Ford-Iroquois County Board of Public Health representative Diane Clatterbuck, RN, spoke about the importance of the Public Health Department, all the people they helped and all the services they offered.
Moving forward, a committee is to be formed from both the Ford-Iroquois County Board’s to help advise and move forward with the Ford-Iroquois County Board of Public Health to fix the current issues and keep the Ford-Iroquois County Public Health Department up & running.
reported by JAMIE MOWREY, WHPO radio