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New signs headed to county government center

County staff said upgrades are needed, and visitors tend to get lost

Published: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

GENEVA – The Kane County Government Center is on track toward becoming easier to navigate.

The Kane County Board is expected Jan. 14 to authorize a $47,399 contract to install new signs at the Geneva campus, which includes offices for the coroner, auditor, county board, treasurer and, among others, the county clerk.

The Parvin-Clauss Sign Company of Carol Stream has been selected to do the work. It was the lowest responsive bidder.

The government center is at 719 S. Batavia Ave. in Geneva.

During the Executive Committee meeting Wednesday, board member Ron Ford, D-Aurora, acknowledged $47,000 sounds like a lot of money but said it’s a big, detailed project that will affect signs both inside and outside.

Plans include updating the monument sign at the entrance so that the letters are easier to read against the brick. A similar sign will be added so motorists in both directions can see it.

Documents provided to the committee indicated the existing signage is at least 20 years old. Staff said it is common for people to get lost and noted the sign company even had trouble.

Board member Brian Pollock, D-Aurora, asked what would happen to the signs if offices moved and whether the county could alter the signs in-house. Staff said the county would have to work with the sign company.

Improvements also could be on the way for the Kane County Judicial Center in St. Charles Township. Pending board approval Tuesday, the county will hire Hill Mechanical Group for about $40,000 to help diagnose the HVAC problems at the facility.

County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen described the judicial center’s heating and cooling problems as a “real challenge.”

“We are either freezing people,” he said, “… or else at other times we are cooking people.”

Contractor estimates have indicated it would cost $500,000 to $1 million to fix the problem, Lauzen said. He said the independent evaluation would be a good investment toward getting the solution right the first time.

“It’s like getting a second opinion on our clogged arteries at the judicial center,” he said.

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