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New sheriff's facility "long-needed"

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 12:40 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 12:42 p.m. CST
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A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new Ogle County Sheriff's Administration building. Pictured here shoveling dirt are architect Guy Gehlhausen, Nathan Heinrich, Rockford Structures, architect Dan Saavedra, Mike Olson, Saavedra Gehlhausen Architects, Sandy Beitel, E-911 Coordinator, Ogle County Board Chairman Kim Gouker, Oregon Mayor Tom Stone, Greg Suthers, Rockford Structures, county board member Don Griffin, and Coroner Lou Finch. Photo by Chris Johnson
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Ogle County Board Chairman Kim Gouker talks during the ceremonial groundbreaking Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Chris Johnson
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Ogle County Board member Don Griffin, chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee, talks about the new sheriff's administration building Tuesday afternoon during a ceremonial groundbreaking. Photo by Chris Johnson
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Ogle County Board Chairman Kim Gouker talks during the ceremonial groundbreaking Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Chris Johnson
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Architect Guy Gehlhausen points out county board member Don Griffin, the chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee, while talking about the Ogle County Sheriff's Administration building project Tuesday afternoon during a ceremonial groundbreaking. Photo by Chris Johnson
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Oregon Mayor Tom Stone talked about how the county is the largest employer in the city during Tuesday afternoons groundbreaking. Photo by Chris Johnson
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Ogle County E-911 Coordinator Sandy Beitel talks during the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new sheriff's administration building Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Chris Johnson

By Vinde Wells

Editor

Everyone was in agreement Tuesday at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Ogle County Sheriff’s Administration Building — the facility is much needed.

“It’s a long-needed facility,” Ogle County Board Chairman Kim Gouker.

County board member Don Griffin agreed. “It’s not only going to serve the present but also long into the future for the county.”

“This is a facility that’s desperately needed,” said architect Guy Gehlhausen. “It will have all the latest security.”

Ogle County 911 Coordinator Sandy Beitel said the new building will be a more convenient, safer environment for county employees.

The new building, which has been under construction since early this spring, will replace the century-old sheriff’s office donated to the county more than 25 years ago by the E.D. Etnyre Company.

The building has a leaky roof, needs electrical and technological upgrades, and is not handicapped accessible.

The Oregon Mayor Tom Stone said he remembered working in the old building years ago when he first went to work for Etnyre’s.

“This will be a nice facility,” he said. “It will be a great thing for the City of Oregon.”

The final speaker was Nathan Heinrich, the vice president of Rockford Structures, the contractor for the project, who said he was honored to be a part of it.

The new facility is being built to the east of the current sheriff’s office at 103 Jefferson St. and will house the sheriff’s department, coroner and morgue, and the 911 call center.

It is expected to be completed by early next year.

Once it is completed, the old building will be demolished, and the space where it now sits will be used for parking.

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