HENNEPIN - The Putnam County Board approved motions Thursday to spend a total of $108,500 for work on the highway department building along Route 26.
The building, which was built in the 1970's, needs new siding and a new roof, according to Putnam County engineer Edward Andrews. The cost of the project also includes electrical work and a two-bay addition on the building.
Andrews said he is anticipating work will begin on the building in late February or early March.
Senator Sue Rezin stopped by the Putnam County Board meeting, following a tour at Dynegy.
"I try to get around the district," she said, adding that board members should call her with any questions or comments.
Rezin said the 98th General Assembly will be challenging, with the topic of pensions remaining an important one.
Sheriff Kevin Doyle said the new emergency services communications tower should be operational by Jan. 23.
The tower should greatly improve safety for police officers who don't have working cell phone coverage at the intersection of Routes 18 and 89 near Magnolia.
The bill for the 180-foot freestanding tower, located on approximately one-third of an acre in Hennepin Township, is being paid by a $150,000 grant which was secured by former state Sen. Gary Dahl.
In other news:
- Marty Sloan-Kruse, Marshall County probation officer, told the board that the new Putnam County probation officer, Greg Duffy, began his duties in December. Sloan-Kruse, who serves as the chief probation officer in the Marshall-Putnam-Stark district, said Duffy has been receiving training and is "very technologically savvy."
- The board approved another four-year appointment for supervisor of assessments Tammy Mehalic. Her term was set to expire in February.
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