GENEVA – The Kane County Board Committee of the Whole heard a presentation on a proposal to build a new, $13.2 million multi-use facility at the Kane County Judicial Center campus in St. Charles Township Tuesday, according to Kane County Connects.
If approved, the facility would include a new home for the Kane County Coroner’s Office and storage space for Kane County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team, bomb squad equipment, vehicle maintenance and the county’s Facilities Maintenance Department.
According to the report, funding for the project, currently estimated at nearly $13.3 million would come from the sale of bonds, a $749,347 contribution from the Public Building Fund and a $600,000 grant from the state of Illinois.
The two lowest bidders for the project were asked to review bids and offer value engineering options. Officials met with the county finance chairman and finance director to discuss bonding options with Speer Financial.
If approved by the County Board Executive Committee, the proposal could be voted on by the full County Board on March 10, according to the report.
In a PowerPoint presentation, Kane County Board member Drew Frasz, R-Elburn, said the need for a new coroner’s office facility has been a topic of discussion for more than seven years.
Frasz said the current coroner’s facility, located on the Kane County Government Center campus in Geneva, is in need of an upgrade.
According to the presentation on the current coroner’s facility:
• The facility’s single autopsy station and cooler have been pushed to the limit on several occasions.
• Airflow and odor both inside and outside the facility have been issues.
• Office space is maxed out.
• A break room has to double as conference and training room.
• Vehicles have to be unloaded outside in all weather.
According to the presentation on the current situation with the sheriff’s office:
• One SWAT vehicle is stored in the sheriff's office sally port. Most are kept in the former South Elgin Public Works building, which is over 10 miles away, adding more than 20 miles of response distance to incidents in the southern half of county.
• SWAT needs space for ammunition, gear and training.
• The building for sheriff’s vehicle maintenance is located in the lone remaining portion of the old sheriff's office building on Fabyan Parkway.
• The building is over six miles from the sheriff's office.
• The Fabyan property also houses the sheriff’s impound lot, fueling station, evidence and ammunition storage and indoor training options
According to the presentation regarding the bomb squad:
• The bomb squad is currently in an unheated, poorly secured pole building at the Fabyan property.
• Its vehicles and equipment are at outside temperatures in the winter affecting performance, especially battery operated robots.
• It has no secure storage for explosives.
What the sheriff’s office currently has for building maintenance at the Fabyan site:
• Building maintenance was relocated from the basement of the coroner's office to old diagnostic center at Fabyan.
• The diagnostic center at Fabyan was vacated and slated for demolition. The diagnostic center was relocated to the St. Charles Branch Court site.
• Cannot drink the water.
• Power equipment, gas and tools are stored in the former office space.
• A temporary salt storage facility was built and is remote from the main campus.
The new facility would allow the county to move several storage facilities and vehicle maintenance functions presently located at the former jail property on Fabyan Parkway, opening opportunities for sale or other uses for that property.
Officials said the interest rate now is 44% lower than it was a year ago, making the project more affordable and shortening the bond-repayment period from 9.5 to 8.5 years.
The full presentation is available online at www.countyofkane.org.