Ketchum, Mercer honored by Lee County Board


LEE COUNTY – The Lee County Board presented the families of former board members Ike Mercer and Rick Ketchum with plaques commemorating their time serving on the Lee County Board. Mercer and Ketchum both passed away recently. 

On the left side of the plaques were letters from the county board expressing their gratitude to the families for the years of commitment Ketchum and Mercer provided to the county.

Ketchum’s letter said that “Rick’s desire to lead as Chairman of the Board also made a lasting impression and impact on other members of the Lee County Board.”

The letter continued, “Rick’s vision of betterment for our County and his community showed through his passion to actively serve his constituents in a fair, unbiased, logical manner. No  matter what the topic, he applied an open mind to decision making and was focused on finding solutions that would be the most justifiable for all.”

The right side of the plaque contained  a resolution recognizing the many years of service of the two former county board members.

The board approved sending a petition to the zoning board for property on Sink Hollow Road to be rezoned to Ag-1 Agricultural District with special use for a wedding barn.

The board approved a petition from the zoning board for property in Amboy Township to be rezoned from Ag-1 Agricultural District to I – 1 Planned Industrial District for use of sheet metal and welding.

The board approved amendments to the Lee County Employee Handbook.

The board tabled the non-union employee raise until next month. They did approve the Teamsters Local No. 722 Union Contract for the next three years, with $1,125 raise each of the first two years and no raise on the third year.

The board approved the appointments of Terry Zinke as weed control superintendent, Randall Ebert and Lori Hillison as trustees of the Ashton Fire Protection District and Bruce Forster to the Zoning Board of Appeals.