6021 Development Drive, Suite 2, Charleston, IL 61920 info@colescountyswcd.org 217-345-3901 ext. 3

Notice of Election of Directors

To All Owners and Occupiers of Lands Lying Within the Boundaries of Coles County Soil and Water Conservation District:

Notice is hereby given that an election will be held on the 6th day of February, 2020 from 7:00am to 5:30pm at 6021 Development Drive, Ste. 2, Charleston, IL 61920. Three (3) Directors will be elected to serve the Coles County Soil and Water Conservation District of the State of Illinois.

All persons, firms or corporations who hold legal title or are in legal possession of any land lying within the boundaries of the said district are eligible to vote at said election, whether as lessee, renter, tenant or otherwise. Only such persons, firms, or corporations are eligible to vote.

Nomination For Directors Opens Nov. 6th

Beginning Wed., Nov. 6th, 2019, the Coles County SWCD will be accepting nominations for three positions on the Board of Directors.

The governing body of the SWCD consists of five elected Directors. Their purpose is to carry-out in the public’s interest the control and prevention of soil erosion and water pollution. The Directors willingly give of their time to decide what natural resource and agriculture issues in Coles County need to be addressed, what action will be taken, and who is responsible for getting the work done. It is their duty to approve the budget for all funds, approve all payments made by the District, and provide for an annual audit. They are also responsible for personnel management including: job descriptions, performance standards, policies, and benefits while providing direction, motivation, and guidance.

Directors serve a two-year term on the SWCD Board, attend monthly board meetings, and serve on committees. They also review, monitor, and supervise the finances, office personnel, and workload of the SWCD. As time allows, directors are to represent the SWCD at local, regional, state, and national conservation-affiliated organizations, events and meetings.

Nominees are required to prove eligibility (proof of residency or land ownership within the boundaries of Coles County) by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15th, 2020, at the Coles Co. SWCD office at 6021 Development Drive, Ste. 2 in Charleston, IL. For more information about the duties and responsibilities, call (217)345-3901 ext. 3.

Associate Directorships

Do you have an interest in natural resource conservation, agricultural sustainability, science education, public service, and/or local government? Do you have a few hours of free time on the second Tuesday morning of each month? Have you considered becoming an associate director for the Coles County SWCD?

Associate directors provide advice, input, perspective, and manpower to the SWCD board. They are valuable members of committees, help plan events, present at educational events and meetings, and support the overall mission of the SWCD, but do not vote on official business. Serving as an associate director is also a great way to receive training and to learn more about the SWCD before running for election as a director.

If you are interested in becoming an associate director, please reach out to an existing director or call the office for more information.