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Grundy and LaSalle work together to repair bridge

Solar farms get permit extensions ahead of state decision

Grundy County engineer Eric Gibson presents to the Grundy County Board the intergovernmental agreement for the bridge over Nettle Creek. The county will work with LaSalle County to repair the bridge.
Grundy County engineer Eric Gibson presents to the Grundy County Board the intergovernmental agreement for the bridge over Nettle Creek. The county will work with LaSalle County to repair the bridge.

MORRIS – The Grundy County Board approved an agreement for Grundy and LaSalle counties to repair a bridge over Nettle Creek on the county line.

The bridge carries East 30th Road over Nettle Creek southeast of Stavanger.

Total cost of the project will be about $33,800, with Grundy County responsible for about 43.5% of it, its share totaling about $14,700, county engineer Eric Gibson said.

“These are estimated costs, but when the project comes in, we’ll have final numbers,” Gibson told the board.

Because the county’s project cost was below $30,000, it was possible for the board to approve the intergovernmental agreement with a voice vote.

The board also approved extensions for several possible solar farm projects in the county.

While more than 30 farms have applied for special-use permits in the county, the Illinois Power Authority has not yet approved any. Some of the earliest approved farms are coming to the end of the permits and have applied for extensions.

On Tuesday, the county board approved three extensions – one for the Community Power Group farm near Morris, the Pennypacker I and II sites near Dwight and the proposed Verona Solar Farm.

The IPA is expected to make its announcement this week about what farms have been approved.

Other business

Dick Joyce, Robert Coleman and Dale Watson all were reappointed to the Grundy County Emergency Telephone System Board.

John Lissy and Mitchell Bailey were reappointed to the Coal City Fire Protection District Board.

The county board approved a payment, required by state statute, to approve the state’s attorney appellate prosecutor, at a cost of $18,000.

The board proclaimed May 2019 Motorcycle Awareness Month to “encourage motorcycle awareness and safe motoring for all.”

The board also learned that Weitz’s Cafe in Morris no longer wants to be the food service provider for the Grundy County jail. The jail was looking for any local businesses that would be interested. The process for replacement would require a competitive bid process.

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