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Oregon resident asks county board to consider new jail's location

By Vinde Wells


An Oregon resident asked the Ogle County Board Tuesday to carefully consider where they locate the new county jail.

Bryan Zobeck, who lives at 100 S. Seventh St., told the board that Oregon Together, a community organization working toward development, has identified the downtown and the riverfront as development and tourism areas.

“The placement of the jail could interfere with that,” he said.

The county board approved a design concept  Nov. 15 that locates the proposed jail in the 100 block of South Sixth Street across the street from the judicial center.

The plan calls for a building that would house from 180 to 200 prisoners and cost an estimated $25 million.

The design would mean South Sixth Street will be closed to traffic with a sally port across what is now the street connecting the new detention center to the judicial center.

The drawing shows the front of the brick jail facing north, lining up with the north side of the judicial center.

The building would be designed not to look like a jail.

In other business the board:

-approved a resolution that prohibits county employees from selling anything for personal gain on county property.

-declared Dec. 30 as Tommy Whetsel Day in honor of Tommy Whetsel, Byron, who is retiring at the end of this month after a 51-year career at a Byron grocery store.

-approved a resolution honoring the Forreston High School football team for winning the state championship.

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