State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) wants the public to know that funding has been secured to repair the Baumann road bridge over I-70. The bridge has been an inconvenience to many local residents, resulting in emergency personnel and school buses having to take alternate routes.

“I am thrilled to announce the Baumann road bridge will be repaired,” said Rep. Meier. “I know it can’t happen soon enough for residents in Pierron. The closure has resulted in longer trips for everyone that relies on taking the bridge over I-70. I am glad I was able to get this project on the books and scheduled for completion this year.”

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the state is preparing plans to replace the bridge deck on Baumann Road over I-70 in Bond and Madison Counties. The project will be let for bids this spring and, weather permitting, it is anticipated construction will be completed by this fall.

The view additional road and bridge projects scheduled for completion for Fiscal Years 2018-2023 in Illinois House District 108 click here.

State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) sponsored legislation to alleviate concerns brought forth by local dairy farmers. In Illinois, dairy farms are getting hit with lower grades simply because an inspection report from the Division of Food, Drugs, and Dairy (FDD) is not clearly posted when health inspectors arrive at the farm. This has been an issue since the FDD changed the way they handle inspections last fall. For decades dairy farm inspectors would leave a copy of their inspection report for dairy farmers to keep in hand, but not since last fall.
According to State Representative Charlie Meier, “the problem isn’t that dairy farms are not passing inspections, they are receiving the highest inspection grade for their milk – Grade A. However if their Grade A inspection report isn’t clearly posted when an inspector randomly shows up again and the inspector sees something minor he/or she doesn’t like, the dairy farm oftentimes receives a lower grade for their milk, even though their milk is still Grade A.”
The legislation (HB 4428) sponsored by Rep. Meier would allow dairy farms without access to computers or printers to hold a copy of the inspection report, which can eliminate needless inspection point deductions to a dairy farm. Rep. Meier’s legislation provides that the Department of Public Health or a unit of local government electing to administer and enforce the Act shall provide a dairy farm with a paper copy of the dairy farm's inspection report.