The Madison County Board has approved a new member for the Metro East Sanitary District Board. By a unanimous vote, the board okayed James Pennecamp to fill the vacancy. Another member was reappointed to a five year term, but there was some opposition to Frank Laub as a commissioner.
Voting no on Laub's appointment were Republican Board Members Steven Adler of Alton, Tom McRae of Bethalto, Lisa Ciamioli of Bethalto, Judy Kuhn of Trenton, and Democrat Helen Hopkins of Granite City. Republican Board Member Mick Madison says while he voted yes for both men, he wants the district to avoid future conflicts of interest as it had when it did business with former board member Andy Economy's auto body shop:
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Economy resigned from the board under pressure from the County Board Chairman for failing to disclose the conflict of interest when his business did work on MESD vehicles. Also at yesterday's meeting, Kelly Rogers, Chief Investigator for the Madison County Coroner’s Office, received special recognition from the Illinois States Attorney’s Office for his work on the Heroin Task Force.