GENEVA – The Kane County Board’s Finance Committee on Wednesday signed off on paying architecture fees for a firearms training range. The board’s Administration Committee unanimously approved the same expense last week.
All but one Finance Committee member approved a proposal to allow Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez to pay architects up to $67,000 to draw up plans for the firearms range, which would be constructed near his office at the County Jail.
Kane County Board member Becky Gillam, R-West Dundee, cast the sole “no” vote. She did not provide a reason why during the meting.
The new shooting range would replace one at the former county jail site on Fabyan Parkway in Geneva, which has been deemed by county officials as unusable after floods caused mold and because the facility is contaminated with lead.
Perez said the training range is needed to allow deputies to legally carry firearms, which requires them to maintain state-mandated certifications.
He also has said that training and certifications reduce the county’s liability should any weapons be used during altercations.
Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen suggested adding language to the resolution saying “up to” or “not to exceed” $67,000 for architecture costs, which was also approved by all members except for Gillam. He reiterated that he’s “very much in favor” of the project moving forward.
At least one other board member expressed concern about what the project might cost.
“I do have concerns personally about the ultimate cost of this project, but I guess we can address that when we get all the bids back and evaluate the bids,” said County Board member John Hoscheit, R-St. Charles.