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home : news : north central illinois   May 24, 2016

7/10/2013 8:52:00 AM
Board weighs costs, sheriff's radio need


Lee Strubinger
Princeton Bureau Chief



PRINCETON — The Bureau County Board is preparing for any manner of shock the county has potential to receive in the future.

During Tuesday night’s monthly Bureau County Board meeting, the board heard an update on the grounding study done by E & S Grounding Solutions. The company suggested two plans to remediate the problem of lightning strikes hitting the Bureau County Sheriff’s Department communication tower over the past two years. Board member Kristi Warren (R-Princeton) said the company presented a “short-term immediate plan” and a “long-term plan” to fix the grounding problem.

“The short term (plan) is what they are recommending,” Warren said.

Warren said the company would have recommended the long-term plan if the county was sure the jail was going to stay where it is and the communications equipment will stay where it is. Otherwise, the company said the county would not want to put so much money into grounding and securing a tower if one of the two entities were to change locations.

“It’s probably not likely that they’ll change, but we don’t know that,” Warren said. “And the board may do something different with the jail. The company is satisfied that the short-term immediate plan will be sufficient for us.”

The buildings and grounds committee also was concerned with the tower located near the Bureau County Courthouse. Warren said E & S was not concerned with the tower sustaining a lightning strike in the future since it has not yet. She said the company does not know how the tower is grounded.

A motion was made for Complete Industrial of La Salle to perform a ground survey of the tower at the courthouse.

E & S will draw up plans to ground the tower at the courthouse the same as the tower located at the sheriff’s department.

* The county board appointed the following to the Emergency Telephone Systems Board: Keith Ackerman, Gaile Arnold, Dawn Dove, Kevin Sangston, Adam Lind replacing Josef Vasquez, and Todd Buckman replacing Jeff Bitting who resigned.

* The board re-appointed John Gross to a six-year term as county engineer.

* The board approved a resolution for bridge replacement that runs over the west fork of the Spoon River in Neponset Township. The low bid was placed for $273,456 by Curnyn Construction out of Geneseo.

* The board approved a resolution for bridge replacement over Spring Creek in the Hall township. The low bid was placed for $534,284 by D Construction.










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