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Opposes Ogle jail, closure of Oregon street

Mark your calendar for 6 p.m. Thursday at the Oregon Coliseum for the public meeting to discuss the rezoning of properties owned by the Ogle County Board and the closing of Sixth Street.

This is a most important meeting for all Oregon residents to attend who want to keep Sixth Street open and the proposed jail built elsewhere!

The Ogle County Board has been less than transparent answering about the proposed jail.

Lee County is building a new jail with 80 beds, so why does Ogle County have to build one with 200 beds?

The Lee County Jail will be a two-story structure, so why is Ogle County’s a three-story building?

Lee County is building in an area where they will have room to expand when the need arises; Ogle County will be locked into a square block and surround by homes. Where is the logic to that?

Ogle County has property on Pines Road where offices are already located. Is it logical to spend more than $100,000 to buy property for this proposed jail? Those purchases take another five homes off the tax rolls. Notice, I said HOMES, not houses.

Oregon offers a comfortable, friendly atmosphere to raise a family, start a business, enjoy the natural wonders of the area, good schools, and recreation offered by the Park District and the river.

To close Sixth Street will create a barrier for traffic, interrupting the flow from the new bank, the Park District and our schools.

To close Sixth Street will create problems for the two churches on Jefferson.

I hope the Planning Commission has done its homework and seen what damage closing Sixth Street will do.

Mark you calendar, be at the meeting on Thursday, and make your voice heard.

We do not need the jail on Sixth Street nor do we want Sixth Street closed!

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