By Vinde Wells
Ogle County Coroner Lou Finch and his staff began moving the county morgue Tuesday in preparation for construction of a new sheriff’s administration building.
Deputy coroner Jeanette Bennett said crews are scheduled to begin removing the siding from the building where the morgue is currently located on Friday.
“It has asbestos so we can’t be anywhere near it,” she said.
Demolition of the building is slated to begin May 15.
The morgue building is being torn down to make way for the new administration building which will be located on the east side of the property at 103 Jefferson St., Oregon, where the current sheriff’s office is situated.
The $4.1 million administration building will house the sheriff’s office, coroner’s office and morgue, and telecommunications center. Plans call for it to be completed in 2015.
The current sheriff’s office will be demolished after the new building is finished. Space where it sits will be used for parking.
Some of the equipment moved from the morgue will be moved to Finch Funeral Home, Mt. Morris, owned by Finch and his family, which will serve as the county’s temporary morgue during construction. The rest of the equipment will be stored.