County will send $15.6M bond to voters for public safety facilities construction and renovation

Lake County voters will decide in November whether or not the county should issue bonds to pay for the construction and renovation of the county’s public safety facilities.  County commissioners on Tuesday approved a resolution declaring necessity and expediency for the issuance of general obligation bonds, and calling for a bond election.

Sheriff Tim Walburg told commissioners Tuesday that the newly hired Construction Manager at Risk for the project, Henry Carlson Construction, determined that the guaranteed maximum price for the new construction of a jail and law enforcement operations facility and the renovation of the existing Public Safety Building is just more than 15-point-six-million dollars.


Commissioners Tuesday also approved the proposed ballot language for what will appear on the general election ballot on November 6th regarding the issuing of just more than 15-point-six-million dollars in bonds for the project.

Also on Tuesday, commissioners approved an agreement with Henry Carlson Construction for what Walburg explained as fees for pre-bond election and construction services.


Commissioners also approved a proposal from Geotek Engineering and Testing Services to do additional soil borings at the location of the proposed new public safety facility to be located just east of Madison on Highway 34, at a cost of 25-hundred dollars.

Commissioners also authorized the Sheriff’s and State’s Attorney’s Offices, and other county departments, to work with Tobin Morris and Todd Meierhenry for financial advisory services both before and after the bond election if necessary.