SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton), a longtime advocate for investing in the levee system in the Metro East, expressed disappointment in the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 2368. The measure sponsored by Haine would have given Metro East residents a direct say in decisions about the makeup of the Metro East Sanitation District Board.

Under Haine’s legislation, the mayor of the largest municipality in Madison County, Granite City, would have served on the Metro East Sanitation District Board to oversee the levee system that protects Madison county families from the Mississippi River flooding. Currently, all positions on the board are appointed by the Madison and St. Clair County Board Chairmen.

“I am more aware than the governor is of the past problems of the Metro East Sanitary District. That is why when I crafted the levee reconstruction law we created a new governmental entity, the Flood Protection District Board in Madison and St. Clair counties, to manage $180 million not under the control of the Metro East Sanitary District. It has one-specific purpose – to reconstruct the levees to a federally certifiable 500-year level.

“My previous levee reconstruction bill assures that the Metro East is one of the few areas in the country with adequate flood protection, all done without the Metro East Sanitary District, which previously caused opposition to my proposal in 2007.

“While the current board has accomplished good things, it is still mired in political controversy and ill-advised ideas, including the current Executive Director attempting to use his position to run for higher office. My legislation was very simple. It reflects longstanding public policy of local mayors serving on local commissions, such as the Metro East Transit District and Central Port Authority. Some of these board members need to be directly accountable to voters, not to Democratic or Republican Party County machines.

“This proposal would have reformed the Metro East Sanitation District and reduced the power of the local party machines. Instead, today the governor decided to side with partisan politics over the needs and interests of the Metro East community.”

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