County plans open house dates for proposed Public Safety Center bond issue

One of the issues on the general election ballot for Lake County voters in November is a bond issue in order for the county to pay for the construction and renovation of the county’s public safety facilities.  Lake County Commissioners approved a resolution in August establishing the bond election.  The estimated cost of the project for the new Public Safety Center, including the jail, and the renovation of the current Public Safety building is just more than 15-point-six million dollars.  Sheriff Tim Walburg said the county hired Henry Carlson Construction as the Construction Manager at Risk for the project to help establish the project’s maximum cost and to make sure the project stays on track.


Walburg said the new Public Safety Center, which is planned to be constructed just east of the city of Madison on land purchased from the Lake Area Improvement Corporation for one-dollar, will include a 72-bed jail and a new Sheriff’s Office.  The project will also include renovations to the existing Public Safety Building.

Walburg said the State’s Attorney’s office will relocate into the area where the Sheriff’s Office is currently, and the building will be made handicapped accessible.  He said that structural and mechanical issues within the building will also be addressed.

The Public Safety Building Advisory Committee has set up two dates for people to get more information on the proposed Lake County Public Safety Center project and the upcoming bond issue election.  Next Wednesday, September 19th at 5:30 p.m. and October 23rd at 7:00 p.m. are the scheduled public forums, but Walburg said that anyone with questions outside of those forums, can contact him or one of the Lake County commissioners at any time.

Walburg said if people want to figure what the impact of the bond issue will be on their taxes, they need to divide their property value by one-thousand and multiply it by 71-cents.  He said for example on one-hundred thousand dollars valuation, the impact is estimated to be an increase of just more than 71-dollars a year.

Walburg said that overall with this project, the county is looking at safety, security, and liability protection.

Brochures with more information on the county’s proposed Public Safety Center project are available at the Lake County Courthouse, the Sheriff’s Office, and other locations throughout the county.  There is also a link to the brochure information on the county’s website.