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Ogle County Board appoints employee to committees

Other appointments made

An Ogle County employee has been appointed to two boards.

The Ogle County Board agreed Tuesday to appointment IT Manager Larry Callant to its 911 ETS Board and Planning Commission. 

Thomas K. Smith, (Rochelle) took issue with the appointment of Callant to both boards and requested a roll call vote instead of a usual consent agenda grouping.

“Larry Callant is a department head,” Smith said. “I think we need to reconsider. I’m not comfortable having a department head on a board we work with that closely. If the county wants something and the public wants something else, who does he side with?”

Susie Corbitt (Polo) disagreed with Smith and said Callant was “responsive” and did “impressive work” in their time together on the GIS committee.

Corbitt said county board member, Marty Typer (Stillman Valley) and Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle also serve on the 911 ETS Board.

“As far as conflicts, Marty Typer is on 911 and votes and so is Brian VanVickle. Neither get any money from 911. I was on the interview committee and I feel Larry was most qualified," Corbitt said.

Callant was voted onto the 911 board by a 19-5 vote and on to the planning commission by a 23-2 vote.

New Board Member

The board unanimously appointed Jeffrey Billeter (Byron) to a vacancy in District 6. Billeter replaces Todd McLester (Byron) whose resignation was accepted at last month’s meeting.

Billeter was sworn on via conference call as the board still can’t meet in person due to state COVID-19 guidelines.

Jail Progress

Jeremy Rolling of Gilbane Building Co,. made his usual progress presentation on the new jail being constructed. 

Rolling said 4,000 man hours were put into the project last month, bringing it to 72,000 total.

The project stands at 51 percent of its allowances, 28 percent of its contingency funds and has extended 72 percent of its budget. 

Rolling said his team is working on managing delays with receiving metal panels for the outside of the building that were delayed from mid-June until early to mid-Aug. 

“We don’t anticipate major problems from that,” Rolling said. 

Next Meeting

Board Chairman John Finrock (Mt. Morris) said it’s possible the board could meet in person at its next meeting on July 21 if the state moves ahead to the next phase of its reopening plan.

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