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6/13/2014 5:14:00 AM
County unsure how much mandatory transportation job will cost

Shannon Crawley-Serpette
Staff Writer

LACON — The Marshall County Board decided Thursday to appoint James Owens as program compliance oversight monitor for the Marshall and Stark County public transportation system — although the appointment will be a temporary one.

Earlier this year, the Marshall County Board, at Stark County’s request, voted in favor of assuming the responsibility of the public transportation program shared with Stark County.

MarshallCountythen became responsible for hiring a newly-mandated part-time PCOM who would oversee the service. For now, the board decided, Stark County State’s Attorney James Owens, who had been assisting Marshall County with the transition of taking over the transportation system fromStarkCounty, will continue to serve as PCOM until the board is able to determine how many hours of work will be required for that position.

Board member James Michael Durham said there are still many questions about what the position involves. The budget for PCOMs throughoutIllinoisranges from $2,000 a year to $64,000 a year, he said. The position will be paid with a grant, and Marshall County’s grant request was for $30,000, he said.

“Until we get a better idea of what’s going to be involved, Jim’s agreed to continue as the PCOM,” Durham said. “We don’t know if this is a five-hour-a-month job or a hundred-hour-a-month job.”

Board member Sue McGrath asked what should be done about the candidate who was interviewed and selected for board consideration for the PCOM position by a committee. That candidate should be informed about the position not being immediately available, she said.

In other news:

* Steve Clanin was appointed to the Marshall County Zoning Committee.

* The board changed the meeting time of the next board meeting to 10 a.m. Thursday, July 10 so county officials can attend a program at theMarshall-PutnamCountyfair. The fair is July 9-13.

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