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Ogle County officials approve bid for new Sheriff's Administration building

Ogle County officials are moving forward in the construction of a new Sheriff's Administration building in Oregon.

The board last night approved the bid of 4.1 million dollars from Rockford Structures along with the location of the facility. The new administration building will be constructed next to the current facility on 1st Street. Some county officials felt that it should be located on 6th Street near the Judicial Center.

It's expected to take 18 months to complete the project.

Appointments last night included Paul White, Harold "Corky" Wetzel, and Dale Flanagan to the Planning Commission, Dennis Williams of Byron to the Zoning Board of Appeals, and Vicki Deter to the Mental Health 708 Board.

The county is also moving foward dealing with an audit for the sheriff department's tow fund. It's expected to cost around $7,500. Board Chairman Kim Gouker of Byron said that they want to know how much money is in the fund.

Ogle County Treasurer John Coffman received a check yesterday that totaled $51,932 dealing with tow fees.

Gouker said that Sheriff Michael Harn was in favor of the audit being done for the department.

The board did approve a fund last night for the receipt and disbursement of tow fees in the future.

In a 13-9 vote, the board approved a resolution opposing Senate bill 3263 dealing with state officials making decisions on wind energy facilities in Illinois. County officials felt that the decision should be made at the local level rather than in Springfield.

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