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DeKalb County Public Building Commission to oversee $15 million nursing center expansion

SYCAMORE – The DeKalb County Public Building Commission would oversee the proposed $15 million expansion project to the DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center on Annie Glidden Road.

According to a resolution adopted by the commission Tuesday morning, the Finance Committee recommended the project be managed by an oversight authority with expertise in construction projects to ensure that the project meets cost estimates and construction standards.

The commission’s role would be similar to the one it has played in the $35 million DeKalb County Jail expansion, much of which is on schedule to be finished in January.

DeKalb County Administrator Gary Hanson said the project will require a $13 million bond issuance, but the debt would be covered over the years by the nursing center’s operating revenues.

“For 20 years, the nursing center has already operated without property tax revenues,” he said.

The expansion plan includes more private rooms for Medicare patients, a new kitchen, a private dining room with extended corridors for efficient food service, a large activity area in the central courtyard and increased lounge space for residents.

The Rehab and Nursing Center Operating Board proposed the expansion last year and set the initial parameters, Hanson said.

Missouri-based Management Performance Associates, which regulates the nursing center, presented the project to the Public Building Commission and County Board in January.

The board is expected to vote on passing management of the project to the Public Building Commission during its April 19 meeting.

“Should the project move forward in 2018, the County Board would have to issue the bonds for it,” Hanson said.

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