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1/15/2007 2:19:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Hutsonville salon getting $20,000 loan
A new Hutsonville business will get a $20,000 loan from the county.

The Crawford County Board Thursday approved a loan from the Revolving Loan Fund to Alluring Salon, a new beauty shop owned by Chasity and Jason Bogard, across the street from Hutsonville Foods, Crawford County Development Association Executive Director Bob Berty said.

Revolving loans, administered by the CCDA, help local businesses get started and grow. County Treasurer Doris Tracy said the county received $40,000 just in interest on outstanding loans in 2006.

In a related matter, the board transferred $7,500 from the loan fund to the county General Fund to pay the quarterly cost of administering the loans.

Appointments and officers for the CCDA were also on the agenda for the board meeting.

The board re-appointed Jerry Devonshire and Robin Guyer and appointed newcomer Don Annis all for three-year terms on the association board. Annis, chief executive officer of Crawford Memorial Hospital, replaces Clarence Schutte.

The board also approved a slate of CCDA officers for this year. Rick Catt is CCDA president for 2007. Jerry Tye is vice president and Steve McGahey is secretary/treasurer.

Two new names - those of LaRonda Brush and Dan Cafin - were submitted for the position of animal control warden and will be voted on in February. Kathy Chamblin and Stephanie Tracy, who were approved for the positions in December, have declined them.

Also Thursday, the board tabled a proposal to switch the position of public defender from a contract job to that of a part-time county employee. The delay will give members of the Salary Committee a chance to review it.

Public Defender Matt Hartrich explained the change would save the county money. It would eliminate the need to pay him extra for certain kinds of cases, such as murder, and would make two-thirds of the position's salary subject to reimbursement from the state. That means the county would get back $40,000 of the $60,000 that would be paid Hartrich.

Hartrich also pointed out the position could not be full-time because under state law the salary would have to be at least $100,000.

The board also tabled a resolution of support and commitment of funds for the Greater Wabash Regional Planning Commission.

Sheriff Todd Liston told the board his department handled 54 accidents in December, 37 of which were deer-related. He also said three of the four bull elk that escaped from captivity in the Heathsville area have been shot.

"The fourth bull is the smart one of the bunch," Liston said. "But his day is coming."

In other business, the board approved paying annual dues to the United Counties Council of Illinois and voted down a new mileage rate of 48.5 cents per mile.



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