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County nursing home project may be delayed

DeKalb County Administrator Gary Hanson talks about the fiscal 2019 budget during the county's finance committee meeting Oct. 3 in Sycamore.
Katie Finlon – kfinlon@shawmedia.com
DeKalb County Administrator Gary Hanson talks about the fiscal 2019 budget during the county's finance committee meeting Oct. 3 in Sycamore. Katie Finlon – kfinlon@shawmedia.com

SYCAMORE – The DeKalb County administrator said the Nursing and Rehab Center expansion project may be delayed because of zoning issues with the City of DeKalb.

The update comes after the county Public Building Commission met Tuesday morning at the DeKalb County Administration Building’s Conference Room East, 110 E. Sycamore St.

DeKalb County Administrator and commissioner Gary Hanson said the county was under a planned unit development when the facility was first built about 20 years ago.

He said the county now has to amend zoning for the property in order to add onto the existing building.

Hanson said the county will submit the application for the zoning amendment to the city this week.

At the moment, he said, he’s not sure what the timeline will look like regarding city approval.

“But it could impact the schedule for construction,” Hanson said.

Hanson said construction for the project can’t begin until the zoning is approved, but the commission also approved construction bids during the Tuesday meeting. He said the master contract will go to construction manager Ringland-Johnson out of Cherry Valley with a $12,587,000 bid.

“That needs to be in place anyway” so that the county will be geared up to start construction once zoning through the city is approved, Hanson said.

Hanson said that was the only action item that came out of the Tuesday meeting.

Other discussion matters covered in the meeting included a contractor asking for more money for exceeding the amount of hours worked for the DeKalb County Jail expansion and the county choosing to wait for an HVAC unit for the public safety building after approving a $118,840 bid from One Source about a month ago.

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