MORRIS — The Grundy County board's Law & Justice Committee met Thursday. It was the first such committee meeting for newly installed Grundy County Sheriff Ken Briley.
Briley said that his first few days have been "a whirlwind, to stay the least." He also noted that it will take some time for he and his staff to adjust, but that the employees are happy and that, after four days on the job, he feels that things are where they need to be.
Grundy County State's Attorney Jason Helland announced that his office's budget finished the fiscal year 2018 $51,366.39 under its expected budget of $762,439. He noted that a bulk of that was due to the termination of an employee in August and the turnover in the front office staff.
The committee approved nine liquor license renewals. Class A with beer garden licenses went to Honest Abe's, Goose Lake Association, Monster Investments, doing business as E.J. Karz, and Gipper's II. Class B licenses went to Indian Creek Ranch Club, American Legion Post 294, the Moose, and Morris Country Club. A Class B license was also approved for Express Lane BP, pending paperwork.
The committee is in the process of finishing new rules and procedures to expedite and make their jobs more efficient. One major point of emphasis is the clarification of path, thus limiting the number of committees an issue must pass through, and the other major point is clarifying what needs to come before a committee for approval.
Finally, the committee recommended the following appointments for the full board meeting: Lana Phillips to the Board of Health, Robert Trotter as the Commissioner of the Dingman Drainage District, and William J. Stahler as the Commissioner of the Maine Township Drainage and Levee District.