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Ogle County Board Meeting

Ogle County officials continue to move forward in the possible construction of a new Sheriff's Administration building in Oregon.

5 proposals were received from area architect firms. Long Range and Strategic Planning Committee Chairman Dennis Williams of Byron said that they plan to interview 3 of the companies from Rockford next Wednesday.

The architest's costs range from 110,000 to 134,000 dollars. The new Sheriff's Administrative building is expected to cost between 2 to 2.5 million dollars.

The board approved a resolutation last night to have the state place the concealed weapons issue on the ballot for voters to decide. Over 970 signatures were received in favor of this issue.

The county is looking at changes in how they file claims under their health insurance coverage. Finance and Insurance Committee Chairman Kim Gouker of Byron says the coverage will not change for county employees.

The holiday schedule that involves 13 days for county employees was approved. Appointments last night included Brian Van Hise, Ray Rainwater, and Chuck Cawley for the Kyte River Drainage District, Barbara Gillette to the Ogle County Housing Authority, and Thomas Lewandowski to the Board of Review.

Ogle County State's Attorney Ben Roe also mentioned last night that a lawsuit has been filed in Rockford dealing with the board's approval of a special use permit dealing with the wind turbine project in Baileyville last August. The proposal has around 40 wind turbines on 5,000 acres of land in Maryland and Leaf River Townships.

The board also approved a driving policy dealing with county workers and board members. They must be a licensed driver. Their license can not be suspended or revoked. The insurance carrier request the policy. County board members receive mileage each month.


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