Public information on proposed Ogle Co. courts facility

Public information on proposed Ogle Co. courts facility


The Ogle County Long Range Planning Committee has announced an information program designed to inform all county citizens about details of the proposed new Ogle County Courts Facility. An informational brochure to be mailed to every household in Ogle County and a series of six public meetings throughout the county are the center points of the program. In addition, committee members are presenting the information to city councils, village boards and service organizations in Ogle County.

According to the committee’s summary report, in October of 1998, the Executive Committee of Ogle County asked the Ogle County Long Range Planning Committee to:

l Look at the immediate needs (25 years) of the county.

l Make recommendations for future needs (50 years) of the county.

l The first priority was to be the use of the county-owned property directly west of the current court house.

l The budget for the project had to be covered by landfill fees so that there would be no effect on property taxes.

According to Kim Gouker, chairman of the committee, “After four years of study by the committee, these directions were met in the committee’s report to the county board on September 10th. Our goal now is to be sure every citizen of Ogle County has a chance to learn about and comment on this proposal before the county board votes on the issue on November 19th.”

Gouker went on to say, “Copies of the committee’s report and architectural information on the proposed building are available for review at every public library in Ogle County or at”

One meeting occurred in Oregon on Tues., Oct. 8, at St. Mary’s Center. The rest of the public meetings schedule is as follows:

Byron—Wed., Oct. 9, Jarrett Prairie Center

Polo—Thurs., Oct. 10, American Legion

Forreston—Tues., Oct. 15, Library

Rochelle—Wed., Oct. 16, City Hall

Monroe Center—Thurs., Oct. 17, Fire Dept., 104 West St.

All the meetings will be held at 7 p.m.

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