Monday, September 1, 2014

Changes in County Monthly Animal Services Report


Boone County Animal Services



Staff Report



Staff – The department has one vacancy.

Roger Tresemer – Operations Supervisor

Juanita Acevedo – Office Manager

Justin Unger – Animal Services Officer

*pending* - Animal Services Officer

Daily Kennel Census

Beginning in October, 2014, a Daily Kennel Census will be included in the staff report. The Census will show how many animals were in the shelter at the beginning of the day and at the close of business.

Change in Impound Records Report

Starting this month, the Impound Records will no longer indicate the owner’s name but will reflect the animal owner’s general residency (IE: County, Belvidere, Capron, etc.) This protects the individual’s privacy and allows for more information to be shared regarding where animals are being brought in from and returned to.

Local Adoption Events

Periodically, BCAS will be presenting adoptable dogs at the Farmer’s Market on Saturdays in downtown Belvidere until season’s end.

Information Question of the Month

Q) What do BCAS officers check for when an animal is received in the field or is brought the shelter?

A) BCAS staff will make a photographic record as well as document the breed, color, gender, approximate age, any collar, any tags and scan the animal for any microchip. The animal is also evaluated if there are any medical needs in which case the animal is transferred to the department’s licensed veterinarian. If there are injuries that appear life threatening after hours, the animal is transported to the Animal Emergency Clinic of Rockford. The ultimate goal is to locate the owner so that the pet can be returned to them.

SLICE: Gina DelRose invested in Belvidere-Boone County



Gina DelRose invested in Belvidere-Boone County

She brought a downtown farmer's market to life, and that's just the start of Gina DelRose's list of accomplishments.

When she's not keeping a close eye on development as associate planner for the Belvidere-Boone County Planning Department - making sure that, long term, change will only improve the quality of the community - she's heavily invested in the region.

"It's my home," DelRose said, explaining that a community is only as good as the human investment put into it.

DelRose helps lead the Farmland Protection Project and volunteers with hospice. She also helping out at various events and fosters dogs for Boone County Animal Services.

She graduated from Joliet Catholic Academy, the institution that also schooled Daniel Ruettiger, the inspiration for the film "Rudy" and from Southern Illinois University.

She was interning in the Tinley Park planning department when she thought about sticking with planning as a career. She enjoyed the analytical aspects of the work, along with conversing and dealing with developers.

"Every day it was different. Every day it was a different project."

She turned to conceptualizing a downtown farmer's market because another was in the Dodge Lanes parking lot, heading out of town.

It's centrally located, in the Hub Plaza, and is in its third year.

Friday, August 29, 2014

8-29-2014 UPDATE on Plote CASE

The following indicates that Plote is moving for dismissal.


The above is taken from:,2014CH170,IL004015JL2014CH170D1 This reference should also update the reader concerning current status.

If you want a history of the case and its background see the August 29, 2014 Boone County Journal; portions of which are shown below.



Another GOP Holdout State Expands Medicaid Under Obamacare


The Obama administration announced this afternoon that Pennsylvania will expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, bringing another half million Americans health care coverage under the law.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican in a tough race to be re-elected, reached a compromise with the Obama administration to allow the state to expand Medicaid through managed-care organizations. The deal should be a boost to private health insurance companies in the Medicaid business like Aetna AET +1% (AET), UnitedHealth Group UNH -0.05% (UNH), Humana HUM +0.25% (HUM), Molina (MOH) and Centene (CNC).

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

WREX: New Boone County animal shelter proposed


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New Boone County animal shelter proposed

Posted: Aug 27, 2014 5:05 PM CDT

By Ken DeCoster


When you step inside Boone County's animal shelter, it's clear it's not in the best shape.
"This building is about 60 years old. It was originally designed as a veterinary clinic. It was never designed as an animal control facility," says Roger Tresemer, a supervisor at Boone County Animal Services.
Boone County Board Member Cathy Ward says the building outlived its usefulness years ago.
"You can see that the cages are butted up against each other and they need space so they don't share diseases, so they don't share insects and fleas and teh rest of it," Ward says.
This November, Boone County voters will decide the fate of that shelter. The county wants to spend $800,000 to build and equip a new animal services facility approximately three times the size of the existing shelter.
The recommended site is near Highway 76 and Squaw Prairie Road.
"It's more visible. There's more space
. We've often had complaints about this space which is on Appleton Road near home. The new site is wide open adn would be much easier for people to get to and find," Ward says.
But the perks come with a price. Voters need to decide on the issue because it's their tax dollars paying for it. The county would raise property taxes to secure the funds.
It's too early in the process to determine if that's something voters are willing to do — but come November, the county will have its answer.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Michigan unions brace for teacher opt-out decision


Many of the 112,000 active educators and school workers in the Michigan Education Association can now leave the union and stop paying fees under the law that took effect last year. Other major unions, covered by multi-year contracts, won't reach the opt-out point until 2015 or later.

With the teachers given a 31-day window in August to decide, representatives for the state's largest public-sector union are imploring them to stay or risk losing their clout in how schools are operated.

"If I don't stand up and stay in my union, then we don't have a voice," said Chandra Madafferi, a high school health teacher and president of a 400-member local in the Detroit suburb of Novi.

Meanwhile, conservative groups are running ads and publicizing the chance for teachers to "grow your paycheck and workplace freedom."

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Boone Co Rental Housing Association


Meeting regarding Boone Co Rental Housing Association We have
selected a time and location to meet for a discussion on forming an
association for Rental Housing Providers in Boone County. This
Wednesday, August 27th at 6 pm.  We will be meeting at Bush Gardens Bar and Grill, 622 S State St, Belvidere. 

Please invite anyone you think would be interested in joining us.See you then.

Paul Arena