Weakley named zoning officer

Robert Blackford/Editor

Mercer County Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Weakley was named the County’s next zoning officer at its April 6 meeting.

Weakley is retiring from the sheriff’s department April 29 and will begin duties as zoning officer sometime after that.

The county hired Weakley on a month-by-month basis.

The position came open when current zoning officer Richard O. Regnier submitted his resignation March 26. His last day is April 9.

Regnier was also the chief county assessment officer/supervisor of assessments.

County Board chair Maxine Henry told the board that she has been searching for someone to fill those positions since Regnier announced his resignation. 

Building commission

The board agreed to terminate its lease agreement for the jail with the Public Building Commission.

Mercer County States Attorney Greg McHugh told the board that it may need to call a special board meeting in May for the board to move forward with the jail expansion project.

McHugh told the board that the building commission had to rebid the jail expansion project because it the project was only let out for bids for two weeks instead of the required three weeks.

The board voted 9-1 to modify the lease agreement with Bob Vickrey voting against the majority.

Hospital

Mercer County Hospital Board chairman Don Johnson addressed the board about the future of the hospital.

Interim CEO Jeff Cooper is heading back to DeWitt.

Ted Rogalski, the acting administrator at the DeWitt hospital in Cooper’s absence, will be the new Mercer County Hospital administrator. Rogalski has been with Geneses Health System for the past 13 years. He is signing a three-year contract with Mercer County Hospital.

Cooper, who was also present at the meeting, told the board that the length of the contract helps show that Genesis is serious about its commitment to Mercer County Hospital.

Cooper told the board that there is a meeting every two weeks concerning the construction project. IDPH requested changes in the plan which the hospital has complied with. McGladrey and Pullen is finalizing reports to be sent to the USDA. The USDA is financing the construction project.

For the remainder of this story see the April 7 edition of The Times Record.