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Special meeting in Ogle County never scheduled

Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 9:01 a.m. CDT

OREGON – Ogle County Board member Ron Colson announced last week that the board would have a special meeting Tuesday to discuss the location of the proposed sheriff’s administration building.

But there was no meeting. Colson said Monday it never was scheduled because not enough board members could attend.

Colson has opposed the new building being at the present site at 103 Jefferson St. Instead, he thinks it should be built on the county-owned property on Sixth Street across from the judicial center.

At a Jan. 21 board meeting, Colson said the Jefferson Street property was within the area designated for a riverfront district in the city of Oregon’s comprehensive plan. He said the property was a key part of planned development to promote city tourism, which also would financially benefit the county.

His request to have the meeting on the Feb. 18 meeting agenda was unanimously rejected by the Executive Committee.

Colson, of Mount Morris, called for the meeting under Rule 13, which allows for eight board members to call for a special meeting. He declined to identify the eight members he said had agreed to the meeting, saying their names would be listed on the meeting agenda.

Board Chairman Kim Gouker, also a member of the Executive Committee, reminded Colson last week that a special meeting could cost as much as $1,200 – board members are paid $50 each to attend special meetings.

Colson acknowledged the cost, but said he called the special meeting after the matter had been “blocked” from getting on the regular meeting agenda.

“It wasn’t blocked,” Gouker said in reply. “It’s been discussed in committee. We’re moving forward [with that building].”

Colson said “there were too many schedule conflicts” for board members, and on Monday evening sent out an email to board members, county officials and media to notify them that this week’s meeting would not occur.

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