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Construction begins this week on jail infrastructure

Construction will began this week on infrastructure for Ogle County’s new jail.

County engineer Jeremy Ciesiel told the Ogle County Board Tuesday evening that work would begin Thursday or Friday on South Sixth Street in Oregon to relocate water and sanitary sewer mains.

He said Martin & Company has already brought equipment and materials for the project to the site.

The new water main will run along Jefferson Street and the sewer line will flow to the south, away from the new building which will be located in the 100 block of South Sixth Street across from the judicial center.

Ciesiel said the work is expected to take approximately two weeks.

The county board approved the design plan Sept. 25 for the $25.5 million jail which will be called the Ogle County Judicial Center Annex.

The new building will face Washington Street (Ill. 64).

One block of South Sixth Street will be closed to allow a large sally port and enclosed passageway to connect the jail and the judicial center for the secure transfer of inmates into the jail, as well as from the jail to courtrooms.

Construction on the jail is expected to begin April 1 and be completed in 20 months.

Ciesiel said Tuesday that upgrades of several surrounding streets will be done next year at the same time as the jail construction.

The street work will include repaving and new curbs, gutters, and sidewalks for one block of South Fifth Street, two blocks of Jefferson, and one block of South Sixth Street.

In another matter, the board approved two changes to the vehicle impound ordinance.

Tow fees were hiked from $350 to $500, and the time a towed vehicle is stored before being declared abandoned was decreased from 35 days to 10 days.

Sheriff Brian VanVickle said the fee increase brings the county into line with what municipalities are already charging.

He said the decrease in storage time is fairer to the tow companies that house the vehicles.

Board member Pat Saunders, of Polo, cast the only no vote for the ordinance changes, saying she is opposed to county fee increases.

In another matter, board vice chairman John Finfrock, of Mt. Morris, announced 15 vacancies on eight boards appointed by the county board.

He said finding enough qualified people willing to serve on the boards is an ongoing problem.

Current vacancies include:

• four seats on the Board of Health, one must be a dentist;

• one unexpired term on the Regional Planning Commission;

• one regular seat on the Zoning Board of Appeals;

• one alternate seat on the Zoning Board of Appeals;

• two seats on the Housing Authority Board;

• three seats on the Civic Center Authority Board;

• one seat on the Franklin Grove Fire Protection District Board;

• two seats on the Mental Health 708 Board.

The deadline to file applications and resumes for all but the 708 Board is Friday, Nov. 2 at 4:30 p.m. The deadline for the 708 Board is Friday, Nov. 30 at 4:30 p.m.

Applicants should file at the Ogle County Clerk’s office on the first floor of the courthouse at 105 S. Fifth St., Oregon.

The county board will hold a budget hearing on Monday, Oct. 29 at 5:30 p.m. on the third floor of the courthouse. The meeting is open to the public.

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