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DeKalb County Board to consider voicing support for sober house

Published: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 12:26 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 5:43 p.m. CDT

DeKALB – DeKalb County Board members will consider a resolution Wednesday supporting opening a sober living house for drug court participants, although no new locations have been proposed.

Board member Riley Oncken, R-Sycamore, said at the county board's Law & Justice committee supported the resolution at its meeting Monday. Oncken, who also is a local defense attorney, expects the full county board will support the resolution at its meeting Wednesday, which starts at 7:30 p.m. at 200 N. Main St. in Sycamore.

County board members nixed a previous proposal to purchase a house at 303 Exchange St. in Sycamore because the home was just outside the boundaries for where the county has promised to house its government buildings. The home was located just on the wrong side of the boundary. It was on the wrong side of the intersection of Exchange and Walnut streets in Sycamore.

The sober home would serve drug court participants who had completed a residential treatment program and needed to live in a sober home. Sober home residents would be monitored by a house manager and a drug court team as they continue through the drug court program's five phases. If they fail out of the drug court, they face criminal prosecution and possibly prison time.

Oncken said the drug court is looking for potential properties to present to county board members. He said they need to find a piece of property that will fit in the zoning requirements of the City of Sycamore. He said no proposals have been presented recently.

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