The Tazewell County Board accepted the resignation of board member Seth Mingus during Wednesday’s meeting.

“Seth was the kind of board member who asked really solid questions,” said Tazewell County Board Chairman David Zimmerman. “He got clarification that really helped the entire board and myself. When things weren’t clear on an issue, Seth was the kind of guy who would dig deeper into the question and get answers that helped the entire board make great decisions.”

Mingus resigned because he was elected to a seat on the East Peoria City Council, according to Tazewell County Clerk John Ackerman. He is not allowed to simultaneously hold two legislative offices. The County Board will have 60 days to appoint a replacement. The new board member must be a Republican from District 3, because he must be from the same political party as the departing board member. 

“They’ll just (hold office) until the next election,” said Ackerman. “They’ll have a term that runs just until the 2020 election, and then they’ll have to re-run for that office.”

The board also unanimously voted to increase the surety bond for Rail Splitter Wind Farm with the energy firm EDP Renewables during Wednesday’s meeting.

The terms of the county’s decommissioning plan and escrow agreement with EDP Renewables, reached in July 2008, stipulated that the EDP would post a surety bond of $1,405,700 to help cover the costs of decommissioning the wind farm should that have become necessary. The plan also stipulated that the EDP establish a $500,000 escrow account with Herget Bank and additionally gave the county the option of adding the escrow funds to the bond. The county also approved an option to increase the bond by 2 percent on the 11th anniversary of the agreement.

“(EDP) has asked to convert the escrow (funds) into another surety bond,” said Zimmerman. “We’ll have two separate bonds (totaling) $1.9 million. The $1.4 million we have currently, we’re going to raise 2 percent, which we’re allowed to do under the contract.”

In other business, the board unanimously approved an ordinance that will amend the official zoning maps of Tazewell County. The amendment will change the zoning classification of property in Deer Creek belonging to Bell Family Enterprises from its prior status as an agricultural preservation district to a heavy industrial district. The board unanimously voted down a proposal to extend a five-year service agreement with Digital Copy Systems, approved a series of bids for road repair and maintenance projects around the county, and approved the support of Senate Bill 1007. The bill provides for public inspection and copying of military records recorded by a county clerk or recorder of deeds, in accordance with the archival schedule adopted by the National Archives and Records Administration.

“This is a great way to pay tribute to those veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country,” said board member Brandon Hovey. “It is very meaningful not just to veterans but genealogists, to history buffs, and to anyone who wants to pay tribute to veterans by keeping their memory alive.”