Johnson County Board discuss sites for new county office complex

Johnson County Board discuss sites for new county office complex

JOHNSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - The Johnson County, Illinois Board met on Tuesday, May 24 to hear public comment on several locations for a proposed county office complex.

The meeting was at 6 p.m. in the Vienna High School commons.

Commissioner Phil Stewart said several locations are being reviewed on the North and East sides of town and the 200 acre Gambit Golf Course.

"Anywhere but not on the square," Stewart said over the phone.  "There just ain't enough room [there] to build like I'd like to see."

County Clerk Robin Harper-Whitehead said an initial study found five possible locations to the build the complex. An additional two locations were added to the list recently, making a total of seven being considered.

"We have mold issues, structural issues, foundation issues, a lot of stuff going on," Harper-Whitehead said.

The current Johnson County administration building located in downtown Vienna, Ill. is more than 100-years-old and has numerous structural problems, Harper-Whitehead said.

Commissioner Ernie Henshaw said he thinks the public would like to see the new building near the downtown Vienna square. However, he said he's not leaning toward any location just yet.

"It's not something we just rush and do," Henshaw said over the phone. "It needs to be a thoughtful thorough process,"

Henshaw said he would be weary to consider purchasing the Gambit golf course because he would not want to take away commercial property near the interstate.

A design for the office space has been drawn up by Architechniques Limited out of Herrin, Illinois.

The $6 million proposal was for a 23,000 square foot building that would be home to 911, dispatch and emergency management service, the county clerk's office, courtrooms, the county board and other public offices.

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