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Winnebago Board to Discuss Irish Hospital Development

The Winnebago County Board of Supervisors will be looking at a number of items on Tuesday that need attention. They will meet at 9am in the Supervisors Room of the Winnebago County Courthouse in Forest City.

Among the items to be discussed is the former jail. The building currently is vacant and there are plans to turn the facility into an apartment complex. Beth Bilyeu, Director of Forest City Economic Development recently explained that the developer is anxious to get started with the project with the help of the county.

Now the supervisors must consider making the property a greyfield land site or land that is underutilized as a result of economic obsolescence. This would open the opportunity for the developer to apply for more economic assistance through a series of grants for redevelopment.

Winnebago County Engineer Scottt Meinders will address the board on the current state of secondary roads, particularly after last weekends storms which dumped anywhere from 2 1/2 to 5 inches of rain on  the county. This may have softened some gravel roads which are currently recovering from the storms while handling the normal traffic flow.

Drainage matters will also be reviewed including any past, present, and future projects which need to be addressed.

The board will also hear a presentation from Don Brown of RenoDry on possible repairs to the courthouse basement. Brown was supposed to give the presentation last Tuesday, but opted to move it to Tuesday.

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