County Board - Jack D. Franks, County Board Chairman

County Board Committees & Related Agencies

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STANDING COMMITTEES


FINANCE & AUDIT
Agencies of the: Auditor; County Clerk; Treasurer; Board of Review; Supervisor of Assessments; Recorder and Associate County Administrator - Finance.

Stewardship/liaison for matters pertaining to: the annual budget process (including presentation of the annual appropriation and levy ordinances); financial reporting: loan fund activities; and conduct of the public audit; McHenry County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC); Visit McHenry County.

 

The Finance & Audit Committee analyzes and monitors the financial position of the County. The Committee reviews the annual budget policy and proposed budget; approves all financial resolutions from departments; reviews and approves McHenry County Loan fund requests; reviews internal and external audits and assists Administration with maintaining the financial strength of the county.

Chairman Michael Skala
Vice-Chairman Mary McCann
Member Yvonne Barnes
Member Jim Heisler
Member Chris Christensen
Member Chuck Wheeler
Member Larry Smith
HUMAN RESOURCES
Agencies of McHenry County Human Resources.

Stewardship/liaison for matters pertaining to: the overall management of McHenry County Human Resources and collective bargaining.

Chairman John Jung
Vice-Chairman Mary McCann
Member Thomas Wilbeck
Member Donna Kurtz
Member Donald Kopsell
Member Craig Wilcox
Member Michael Rein
Internal Support & Facilities

Agencies of the: County Administrator; County Board; McHenry County Council of Governments.

Stewardship/liaison for matters pertaining to: Purchasing, Information Technology; Administration; coordinate with the Law & Government Committee and oversee County communication program with residents. Also, stewardship/liaison for matters pertaining to construction, remodeling, maintaining and improving County owned facilities.

 

The Internal Support & Facilities Committee attends to suggested changes to Human Resources as it pertains to the liaison departments, reviews the Purchasing Ordinance, IT (generally), technical maintenance contracts, County liability insurance programs, building security (except for the Government Center) and investigates new technology opportunities. It also reviews, recommends, monitors and provides oversight for construction projects and capital improvements to County owned or leased facilities and properties. This Committee is actively involved in the monitoring of construction projects and contracts to ensure that projects adhere to authorized budgets, timelines and key performance benchmarks and considers change orders as may be required or appropriate. In addition, the Internal Support & Facilities Committee reviews options and makes recommendations regarding future facility and space needs. The Internal Support & Facilities Committee also provides general oversight to matters related to routine and non-routine maintenance of County facilities, grounds and systems.

Chairman Yvonne Barnes
Vice-Chairman Jim Heisler
Member Donna Kurtz
Member Michael Walkup
Member Kay Bates
Member Michael Rein
Member Michele Aavang
Law & Government

Agencies of the Circuit Court Clerk; Courts (including Court Administrator; Jury Commission, and the Law Library); Public Defender; State's Attorney; Court Services; Sheriff; Emergency Management Agency (EMA); Coroner; Fox Waterway Agency (FWA); and Merit Commission.

Stewardship/liaison for matters pertaining to: ETSB (E-9-1-1); applicable fire protection districts; Local Emergency Planning Committee; the betterment of public safety; the legislative processes at the State and Federal leval which affect McHenry County; foster an environment where intergovernmental relation and communication is prioritized; coordinate with the Internal Support & Facilities Committee and oversee County communication program with residents.

 

The Law & Government Committee recommends appointments to several fire protection districts; reviews expenditures over $20,000, grants, contracts and annual budgets for the State's Attorney Office, Public Defender, Courts, Coroner, EMS, Sheriff and Circuit Clerk; reviews collective bargaining agreements for the Coroner, Sheriff and Clerk as needed.

Chairman Michele Aavang
Vice-Chairman John Jung
Member Andrew Gasser
Member Jeff Thorsen
Member Michael Walkup
Member John Hammerand
Member Craig Wilcox

LIQUOR & LICENSE
Members appointed by the Liquor Commissioner.

Manage all aspects of enforcing the McHenry County Liquor Control Ordinance, Coin-operated Amusement Device Ordinance; and Raffle Ordinance.

Chairman Bob Nowak
Vice-Chairman Donna Kurtz
Member Andrew Gasser
Member Donald Kopsell
Member John Hammerand
Member John Jung
Member Michele Aavang
Planning, Environment & Development

Stewardship for matters pertaining to the Regional Planning Commission; Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP); Historic Preservation Committee; facility planning areas; environmental and agricultural issues/concerns. Agencies reporting to this Committee: Planning and Development and the Zoning Board of Appeals.

 

The Planning, Environment & Development Committee recommends appointments to the Housing Commission, ZBA and Historic Preservation. The Committee reviews and recommends revisions to building and development ordinances including the UDO, energy codes, building codes, and plumbing codes; attends to policy matters related to personnel, permitting, process, and flow for the Planning and Development Department; reviews zoning map amendments and resolutions related to Historic Preservation. It also attends to matters pertaining to the: McHenry County Conservation District (MCCD); Northwest Water Planning Alliance, Stormwater Management Commission; Groundwater; McHenry County Soil and Water Conservation District; Solid Waste Management; Fox Waterway Agency; Illinois and Federal Environmental Protection Agencies; Illinois and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA); Agricultural Conservation Easement and Farmland Protection Commission; applicable drainage districts; Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan; Environmental Health Advisory Committee; Environmental/Resource Conservation activities including Internal Facility Operations and External Leadership.

 

The Planning, Environmental & Development Committee will also sit as the McHenry County Pollution Control Facilities Committee to meet as called by the Chairman of the McHenry County Board in accordance with the McHenry County Regional Pollution Control Facility Siting Ordinance.

Chairman Larry Smith
Vice-Chairman John Reinert
Member Bob Nowak
Member Joseph Gottemoller
Member Kay Bates
Member Paula Yensen
Member Mary McCann

PUBLIC HEALTH & Community SERVICES

Agencies of the: Board of Health (Health Department); Regional Superintendent of Schools; Valley Hi; Veterans Assistance; 708 Mental Health Board; Workforce Investment Board; Community Development & Housing Grant Commission and Senior Services Grant Commission.

 

Stewardship/liaison for matters pertaining to the budget, expenditures, and new revenues received through grants for: Board of Health; Mental Health Board; Regional Office of Education; Valley Hi Operating Board; Veterans' Assistance Commission; Senior Services Grant Commission; TB Board; Workforce Network and the Workforce Investment Board.

 

The Committee recommends appointments to the Board of Health, Mental Health Board, McHenry County Housing Authority Board, Valley Hi Operating Board, TB Board, Community Development & Housing Grant Commission and Senior Services Grant Commission.

Chairman Chuck Wheeler
Vice-Chairman Paula Yensen
Member Thomas Wilbeck
Member John Reinert
Member Chris Christensen
Member Michael Rein
Member Jim Kearns
transportation
Agencies of: McHenry County Division of Transportation

Stewardship/liaison for matters pertaining to the: township road districts; CMAP; IDOT; RTA; METRA; PACE; Illinois Department of Aviation; and all other relevant transportation agencies.

 

The Transportation Committee annually reviews and updates the County's five year transportation plan to identify near term transportation priorities and funding sources for the County. The Committee reviews and updates as necessary all MCDOT ordinances and policies such as the Access Management Ordinance and speed limit policies. The Transportation Committee oversees the maintenance and preservation of all McHenry County Division of Transportation assets (pavement, storm sewers, rights of way and equipment).

Chairman Joseph Gottemoller
Vice-Chairman Jeff Thorsen
Member Thomas Wilbeck
Member Don Kopsell
Member Craig Wilcox
Member Michael Skala
Member Jim Kearns

OTHER COMMISSIONS

STORMWATER COMMISSION
Member Donald Kopsell
Member Bob Nowak
Member Mary McCann
Member TBA
Member TBA
Member TBA
SENIOR SERVICE GRANT COMMISSION
Member Donna Kurtz
Member Donald Kopsell
Member Chuck Wheeler
Member Michael Rein
Member Larry Smith
Member Mary McCann
Member TBA

COUNTY BOARD LIAISON MEMBERS

GROUP liaison member
Agricultural Conservation Easement (ACE) Michele Aavang
Board of Health Mary McCann
Board of Health Appeals Donna Kurtz
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) Carolyn Schofield
Child Advocacy Center Jeff Thorsen
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) TBA
Emergency Management Agency Coordinating Council Jeff Thorsen
Economic Development Michael Skala
Ethics Commission John Jung
Fox Waterway TBA
Gravel Advisory Mary McCann
Housing Authority Yvonne Barnes
Housing Commission Larry Smith
Local Emergency Plan TBA
McHenry County Conservation District (MCCD) TBA
Mental Health (708) Mary McCann / Chuck Wheeler
Northwest Water Planning Alliance (NWPA) Mary McCann
Veterans Assistance Andrew Gasser
Valley Hi Cemetery Board Michael Walkup
Valley Hi Operating Board Jim Heisler / Chuck Wheeler
Visit McHenry County
 Jim Heisler
Workforce Investment Board (WIB) Donna Kurtz
Youth Council Yvonne Barnes