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Groundbreaking set for sheriff's shooting range

Published: Friday, April 11, 2014 2:48 p.m. CDT

GENEVA – The Kane County Sheriff's Office will celebrate the groundbreaking of its new qualifying range next month.

Lt. Ron Grommes on Friday told the Judicial and Public Safety Committee that the ceremony is set for 11 a.m. May 9, the day of the committee's next meeting.

The Kane County Board approved the extra funding needed to build the firearms range at its March meeting. Construction costs came in more than $800,000 over initial estimates, bringing the total to nearly $1.9 million.

Grommes also warned the committee that overtime costs could become an issue in the next several months because nine employees are out for various reasons, including workman's compensation and military leave.

The length of time each employee will be off ranges from a month to six months, he said. He said filling the positions will require the sheriff's office to use overtime.

In other news, the Kane County Coroner's Office is planning an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 3 in conjunction with a medical waste disposal event. The coroner's office in Building E of the Kane County Government Center, 719 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva.

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