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DeKalb County Board approves engineering for new bridge on Somonauk Road

Also approves changing of the guard at IMO

Bob Brown (D-DeKalb), chairman of the forest preserve committee, addressed the board by welcoming fall and the changing leaves. "As we think about the beautiful fall colors that are starting to appear, we have old business in terms of seedling that had to be planted and to grow and mature into the beautiful fall colors, and that would be our new business," he said.
Bob Brown (D-DeKalb), chairman of the forest preserve committee, addressed the board by welcoming fall and the changing leaves. "As we think about the beautiful fall colors that are starting to appear, we have old business in terms of seedling that had to be planted and to grow and mature into the beautiful fall colors, and that would be our new business," he said.

SYCAMORE – A stretch of Somonauk Road south of Hinckley will be closed next summer, but it should be reopened in time for the Sandwich Fair. The DeKalb County Board approved an engineering agreement Wednesday night for the preliminary services with Wendler Engineering Services from Dixon for an amount not to exceed $75,480.

The bridge is on Somonauk Road south of Hinckley over Little Rock Creek in the Squaw Grove Road district.

"We're replacing the bridge," Highway Committee chairman John Frieders, R-District 12, said . "Right now their putting the designs together."

The bridge will be shut down for construction, Frieders said.

It will be the second summer in a row a bridge on Somonauk Road is replaced. This past summer, a bridge over Somonauk Creek was replaced. That project was delayed due to the discovery of threatened mussels in the area.

The County Board renewed an agreement with Kane County to house up to seven DeKalb County juveniles. The renewal continues the arrangement for another three years.

"They have the capacity," Diane Leifheit, R-District 8, chairwoman of the law and justice committee, said. "We don't house juveniles."

The agreement increases the per diem DeKalb County pays Kane County per juvenile from $110 to $120. There is not always a DeKalb juvenile in Kane County. Leifheit said there isn't anyone there now.

"It's usually short term," she said.

The board recognized Joan Hanson, the retiring head of the Information Management Office. Hanson had worked for the county for more than 30 years, and had opened the IMO in the late 1990s. She was also responsible for helping create the county's geographic information systems. Hanson addressed the board and imparted advice she'd learned from 30 years working in the county government.

"As you face tough decisions, I tell you that I remember when Peace Road was never going to be used," Hanson said to the board. "There was nothing to base that board's decisions on but becoming vulnerable and using their discretion."

The board approve Shiela E. Santos as Hanson's replacement at a salary of $90,000.

When meeting as the DeKalb County Forest Preserve District, the County Board applauded when forest preserve Superintendent Terry Hannan announced that the Sycamore Forest Preserve opened this week.

"The history on this, I think, is a long one," he said. "I think it started many boards ago ... I just want to thank everyone for their patience on this. A lot of people have been waiting to get into this new preserve."

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