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DeKalb County board votes for land purchase from Sycamore

SYCAMORE – DeKalb County is getting a little bit bigger – sort of – after the county board approved a resolution as part of a land purchase from the City of Sycamore.

On Wednesday the DeKalb County Government Board meeting, passed their side of an intergovernmental agreement to buy $475,000 worth of land from Sycamore. Sycamore City Council had passed their ordinances Monday.

Sycamore City Manager Brian Gregory spoke in support of the agreement at the meeting.

“We’ve worked with each other in the past, it won’t be the last time,” Gregory said. “When we increase efficiency in our operations, everyone wins.”

The County Board approved the agreement unanimously. Mark Pietrowski, county board chairman, expressed the board’s enthusiasm.

“It really meets a lot of needs we were looking for, saves a lot of money that would have been spent on buildings built on land we already owned,” he said. “We are extremely pleased that the city reached out to us and gave this opportunity.”

Wednesday night’s meeting also saw the swearing in of new board member Karen Cribben, filling the vacant seat left by her husband, Dan. The Daily Chronicle reported in June that he left the position to fill a vacancy on the DeKalb County Board of Review. Karen had herself previously worked as chief deputy assessment officer for the DeKalb County Assessment Office. She resigned her position ahead of his appointment to the board of review. Karen will fill the unexpired term which goes until Nov. 30, 2020.

County Board member Tim Bagby extended a warm welcome to the new board member. He noted later in his statement that at least 10 other board members had been appointed to their positions, rather than elected.

Other Business

The county board also approved the transfer of 2.6 miles of road from the county’s jurisdiction the DeKalb Road District and the City of DeKalb. County Engineer Nathan Schwartz said jurisdictional transfers can happen for several reasons, and this one happened because the road district’s total miles was dwindling because things like annexations by municipalities.

The stretch of road being transferred begins as Rich Road at Glidden Road and goes east, becoming Coltonville Road as it passes First Street, then continues until Stonehenge Drive. Schwartz said the stretch of road didn’t really fit in the county’s road system and used to be township road in the past.

Because of a previous agreement between the city and the township, a portion of the road by the Bridges of RiverMist subdivision will be city jurisdiction, but the township will maintain the stretch of road, Schwartz said.

“We only want to do it (jurisdiction transfers) if it makes sense,” he said.

• Kevin Solari contributed to this report.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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