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County prepares to sell $12 million in bonds

Money derived will be used to pay for law enforcement center

PRINCETON — The Bureau County Board was off to an easy start in the new year. The board met Tuesday and conducted regular monthly business during meeting that lasted less than 20 minutes.

During committee reports, Fees and Salaries Committee Chairwoman Connie Stetson (R-Neponset) reported Bureau County Administrator Sharon Schallhorn had scheduled a meeting to meet with the bond service firm in regards to the law enforcement center project.

The board plans to sell $12 million worth of bonds to cover the cost of renovations at the former Bureau County Republican building at 800 Ace Road in Princeton.

Board members approved a contract with the project architect, BKV Group, during last month’s regular meeting.

Bureau County State’s Attorney Geno Caffarini said the baseline total for the contract is $648,700. He said that amount is based on a percentage of the construction costs, which are estimated to be $9 million at this time. BKV Group will be paid certain percentages at each phase of the project, he said.

Donna Braida (R-Princeton), Health Department Committee chairwoman, reported 36 candidates had applied for the county health administrator position. The selection was narrowed down to two candidates, and the committee selected Hector Gomez, who had been named interim administrator last September when the former administrator stepped down from the position.

The hiring of Gomez was announced by the Bureau, Putnam, Marshall County Health Department last week. Before Gomez served as interim administrator, he worked as fiscal director and assistant administrator at the health department for more than 12 years.

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