The Tazewell County Board’s newest member hopes his stay won’t be short.
Frank Sciortino can expect quick appointment Wednesday night when the board moves to fill the District 1 seat vacated by Jerry Vanderheydt’s retirement last month, board Chairman David Zimmerman said Tuesday.
“I don’t anticipate any problems,” he said, after county Democratic Party precinct officials met Saturday to recommend Sciortino for Vanderheydt’s seat that another Democrat must hold, at least until next year’s board elections.
Sciortino, 55, said he’ll be interested in running. Until then, the native Pekin resident said he’ll take time “to get the feel of what’s going on” in county issues.
“I’ll bring my expertise in union and construction matters” to the board, said Sciortino, a field representative and secretary/treasurer for Laborers’ Local 231 in Pekin.
With appointment, he’ll follow his brother to the board. Gary Sciortino joined in early 2015 as a replacement for Rosemary Palmer, who resigned.
He was defeated by Republican Jay Hall last November in the district, which encompasses Cincinnati, Delavan, Malone, Pekin, Sand Prairie and Spring Lake townships. Each of the three board districts elects seven members.
The board also will take up replacement of an aging vehicle storage and maintenance building on the county Transportation Department campus at a low-bid cost of $759,800.
The metal-walled structure, known as the Wick Building, has been targeted for replacement long enough for the county to have put aside its replacement cost from motor fuel tax funds, Zimmerman said.
The issue, however, “has the potential to generate discussion” on the board, he said. The county had expected the new building to cost about $700,000.
If approved, the construction contract will be awarded to Peoria Metro Construction Inc.
Zimmerman said the board also will hear the first report from county Finance Director Craig Peters on his “finance forecasting” efforts, designed to anticipate trends in tax-generated revenue flows from the state to the county, Zimmerman said.
“We look at things at a monthly or quarterly basis” in reports on revenues from sales, income and other taxes, he said. With a longer view, “we might spot some trends” that could help the board in decisions on when to make capital purchases and fill open staff positions.
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