McHenry County


Ordinance Adopting the Prevailing Wage Rates


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WHEREAS, the State of Illinois has enacted "An Act regulating wages of laborers, mechanics, and other workers employed in any public works by the state, county, city, or any public body of any political subdivision or by anyone under contract for public works," approved June 26, 1941 as amended, and codified as 820 ILCS 130/et seq; and


WHEREAS, the aforesaid Act requires that the County of McHenry investigate and ascertain the prevailing wage rate of wages as defined in said Act for laborers, mechanics, and other workers in the said county employed in performing construction of public works for said county; and


WHEREAS, the State of Illinois, Department of Labor, Conciliation and Mediation Division has revised said prevailing wage rates to be effective June 5, 2017.


NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED, by this County Board of McHenry County, Illinois as follows:


Section 1:  To the extent and as required by "An Act regulating wages of laborers, mechanics, and other workers employed in any public works by the state, county, city, or any public body of any political subdivision or by anyone under contract for public works," approved June 26, 1941, as amended, the general prevailing rate of wages in this locality for laborers, mechanics and other workers engaged in construction of public works coming under the jurisdiction of the McHenry County Board is hereby ascertained to be the same as the prevailing rate of wages for construction work in McHenry County areas as determined by the Department of Labor, State of Illinois, as of June 5, 2017, a copy of that determination being attached herewith and made part thereof.  As required by said Act, any and all revisions of the prevailing rate of wages by the Illinois Department of Labor shall supersede the Department’s June determination and apply to any and all construction undertaken by the County of McHenry.


Section 2:  Nothing herein contained shall be construed to apply said same prevailing rate of wages as herein ascertained to any work or employment except public works construction of the County of McHenry to the extent required by the aforesaid Act.


Section 3:  The McHenry County Clerk shall publicly post or keep available for inspection by any interested party in the main office of the County, this determination or any revisions of such prevailing rate of wage.  A copy of this determination, or of the current revised determination of prevailing rate of wages then in effect, shall be attached to all contract specifications.


Section 4:  The County Clerk shall mail a copy of this determination to any employer, and to any association of employers and to any person or association of employees who have filed, or filed their names and addresses requesting copies of any determination stating that particular rate and the particular class of workers whose wages will be effected by such rates.


Section 5:  The County Clerk shall promptly file a certified copy of this Ordinance with the Illinois Secretary of State Index Division, Illinois Department of Labor; the County Administrator; the Auditor; the Associate County Administrator - Finance; and the Purchasing Director.


Section 6:  The County Clerk shall cause to be published once, in a newspaper of general circulation within the area, a copy of this Ordinance.  Such publication shall constitute notice that the determination is effective and that this is the determination of the McHenry County Board.        

Meeting History

Jun 8, 2017 8:15 AM Media Finance & Audit Public Meeting

Mr. Wheeler questioned if the ordinance applies to only the positions listed on the attachments, or are they all encompassing. Mr. Austin stated the ordinance is a guide for the vast majority of the work that may be contracted by the County. It was stated, as everyone is aware, the prevailing wage is required to pay for all positions contracted for by the County. Mr. Wheeler made a motion to table this ordinance. The motion failed because of the lack of a second.

Committee members were reminded the positions have different standards that have to be meet for those jobs. Chairman Skala noted whether this ordinance is voted up or down, the County is still required to pay the prevailing wage.

Mr. Smith noted he is not voting in favor of the wages, but will vote for following State law, regardless of whether they agree with the ordinance or not. Mr. Wheeler noted that he does not necessarily agree with all the State laws, and feels there are times you disagree. He stated he does not believe this law is good for the County and will be voting against this item.

MOVER:Chris Christensen
SECONDER:James Heisler
AYES:Michael Skala, Mary McCann, James Heisler, Chris Christensen, Larry W Smith
NAYS:Charles S Wheeler
ABSENT:Yvonne Barnes
Jun 20, 2017 7:00 PM Media County Board Regular Meeting

Several members commented on paying prevailing wage, the pros and cons. It was noted that the county follows the law of paying prevailing wage whether the Ordinance is approved or not.

MOVER:Donald C Kopsell
SECONDER:James Heisler
AYES:Michele Aavang, Yvonne Barnes, Kay Bates, Chris Christensen, Joseph Gottemoller, John Hammerand, James Heisler, John Jung Jr., Jim Kearns, Donald C Kopsell, Donna Kurtz, Mary McCann, Robert Nowak, John Reinert, Michael Skala, Larry W Smith, Jeffrey T Thorsen, Thomas Wilbeck, Paula Yensen
NAYS:Michael Rein, Charles S Wheeler, Craig Wilcox