Wednesday, February 10th, 2016
SPECIAL LOCATION Due to Ash Wednesday
Carpenters Hall -1407 Essington Rd, Joliet, IL 60435
An unexpected offer from Will County leaders may solve one of the biggest obstacles facing the county's 911 dispatch centers, as they struggle to comply with a new law requiring consolidation.
Will County Executive Larry Walsh, D-Elwood, and County Board Speaker Jim Moustis, R-Frankfort Township, have offered to build a third regional dispatch center, estimated to cost $5 million, when the county constructs its new sheriff's facility later this year at US 52 and Laraway Road.
Per a new state law adopted last summer, all counties must have a plan in place by July to reduce the number of dispatch centers by 50 percent, or down to at least two centers, and implement that plan by July 2017.
Categories: Local Issues, State Issues
Tags: Will County, County Board, Nick Palmer, County Executive, 911, ETSB
The Will County Board continued discussions about a financing plan to move forward with several major capital improvement projects, including a new courthouse, sheriff’s office, and health department building, and the allocation of cash reserves for Weber Road reconstruction. The plan calls for bonding $225 million, using dedicated revenue streams, and getting shovels in the ground by next year.
The plan identifies multiple revenue streams to finance the building of the facilities over the next seven to eight years. The plan also ensures significant revenues are still allocated to road projects. Construction on a new sheriff’s office building would begin in 2016 and conclude around September 2017. Thereafter, a new courthouse in downtown Joliet would get built and completed by the end of 2019. A satellite courthouse in a location to-be-determined in the northern part of the county is also planned, followed by a new Health Department Building.
Categories: Local Issues
Tags: Larry Walsh, Courts, Courthouse, County Executive, Circuit Clerk
Calling it a bipartisan compromise, Will County officials laid out a $225 million financing plan for their largest and most expensive building projects ever.
Just a month ago, Democrats were at odds with the Republican-controlled county board over how best to finance a new sheriff's facility, new courthouse, a satellite courthouse and a new Health Department facility, but in recent weeks they have come together and agreed to a 30-year plan, using revenue from several sources. All stressed that the plan had to be bipartisan.
The plan is expected to be approved at the Thursday meeting of the county board.
Friday, February 19, 2016
5:30 pm to 10:00 pm
at Victorian Ballroom -- 15 Richards Street, Joliet, IL 60433
Tags: County Board, Joliet, Herb Brooks, Denise Winfey, CB District 8, 2016 Elections, Candidates
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