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Board moves forward with sheriff's building

Posted: Thursday, Apr 17th, 2014

OREGON — Despite opposition from several business owners, the Ogle County Board voted Tuesday night to approve a bid of $4,177,900 from Rockford Structures to begin construction on a new sheriff's administration building at the current location.

Beth Henderson, owner of the Eagle's Nest, and Ken Williams, owner of Pinehill Bed and Breakfast, urged the board to delay the vote for 30 days. Both would like to see the project moved to Sixth Street in Oregon and make the current land available for development.

Henderson suggested the vote be delayed until an economic impact study could be held. She had been in contact with the firm Western and could have a study complete before the next meeting.

“Oregon has all the components to promote tourism. As landowners we weren't notified. Please give us time to prepare and fight,” Henderson said.

Williams agreed.

“We have four state parks and beautiful riverfront. Let's not foreclose on the opportunity. Please take a 30 day moratorium for the future of the city,” he pleaded.

Board member Skip Kenney, of Rochelle, was in favor of tabling the issue.

“Let's table this 30 days for the people that asked," Kenney said. "I do not support the location, but I do support the project. Let's get the study and make a business decision.”

Kenney is in favor of moving the project to county owned property behind the judicial center on Sixth Street.

Gouker disagreed with moving the location.

“It is hard to believe a $4 million improvement would be detrimental to the city. The sheriff's building has been there 30 years," he said.

A motion to postpone accepting the bids was defeated 13-8. The board then voted to accept the bid from Rockford Structures.

Architect Guy Gehlhausen, of Saavedra Gehlhausen Architects, Rockford, told the board eight bids were received. All were local contractors and the bid range was 12 percent from the high bid to the low bid, making all very competitive.

“We have worked with Rockford Structure a half-dozen times and they were a good fit for this project,” Gehlhausen said.

The new administration building will be constructed next to the current facility on First Street. The sheriff's department will not be displaced during construction. The coroner's building will need to be demolished before construction and will move to a temporary location.

Construction is expected to take 18 months and with the bid approval construction should begin in May.

Other news

• In a 13-9 vote, the board approved a resolution opposing Senate Bill 3263. The bill deals with state officials making decisions on wind energy facilities in Illinois. Board members felt the decision should be left at the county level rather than state level.

• The board unanimously approved this week as National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.

• Approved resolution to create a fund for receipt and disbursement of Administrative Tow Fees


The board approved the following appointments:

Cliff Jones, Ashton Fire Protection District

Jack R. Daws, Forreston Fire Protection District

Walter M. Rose, Leaf River Fire Protection District

Tim Coffman, German Valley Fire Protection District

Dennis L. Shearer, Lynn-Scott-Rock Fire Protection District

Sharon DeArvil, Oregon Fire Protection District

Steven Larry, Lost Lake River Conservancy District

Paul W. White, Planning Commission

Harold W. Wetzel, Planning Commission

Dale R. Flanagan, Planning Commission

Dennis R. Williams, Zoning Board of Appeals

Vicki J. Deter – Mental Health 708 Board

DeWayne C. Adams, Farmland Assessment Review Board

Ronald A. Lewis, Farmland Assessment Review Board

Shirley J. Bartelt, Farmland Assessment Review Board

The board accepted the resignation of Jason Klaske, Zoning Board of Appeals, Alternate 1.


Board of Review, Democrat appointment, has one vacancy.

Franklin Grove Fire Protection District has one vacancy.

Zoning Board of Appeals, Alternate 1, has one vacancy.

Ogle County Civic Center Authority has three vacancies.

Application and resume deadline is Friday, May 2 at 4:30 p.m.

911 ETSB, law enforcement applicant, has one vacancy.

911 ETSB, fire/EMS applicant, has one two vacancies.

911 ETSB, Rochelle PSAP designee, has one vacancy.

911 ETSB, county board designee, has one vacancy.

Byron Museum District has one vacancy.

Ogle County Civic Center Authority has four vacancies.

Application and resume deadline is Monday, June 2 at 4:30 p.m. in the County Clerk's office, 105 S. 5th Street, Suite 104, Oregon.

The county board will hold their next regular meeting on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

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