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County discusses negotiations with Oregon in closed session

The Ogle County Board met in closed session for almost 25 minutes last week to discuss pending litigation against the City of Oregon over the location of the proposed county jail.

After the meeting Oct. 17, board chairman Kim Gouker, of Byron, confirmed that board members had discussed the ongoing negotiations between the county and the City of Oregon over closing the 100 block of South Sixth Street.

“We’ve had discussions through our attorneys,” he said. “We made an initial proposal. They’re discussing it.”

The board has been considering legal action against the city since the council rejected its request on June 27 to close the block to allow the new jail to be connected to the existing judicial center across the street.

The county board decided July 18 to send a formal offer to the city council for negotiations to revisit its decision, and hired Montana & Welch, of Palos Heights, a law firm specializing in local government law to handle the matter.

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