Collage:  John Campbell, Jim Smiley and Renovated County Bd. Room Drawing

John Campbell of Lite Construction (upper right photo) spoke to the Kendall County Board at last Thursday's meeting about the timetable for the $443,267 renovation (lower photo) of the county board room on the second floor of the County Office Building in Yorkville. County Facilities Management Director Jim Smiley (upper right) gave board members information on the temporary move of board meetings to the Historic Kendall County Courthouse. (Bottom photo provided; top photos for by James Wyman)

At a Special Committee of the Whole meeting last Thursday, the Kendall County Board heard about renovations to the county board room and to the multi-purpose room at the jail.

The county board room is on the second floor of the County Office Building at 111 W. Fox St. in Yorkville, and Lite Construction of Montgomery submitted the low bid of $443,267.

Facilities Management Committee Chair Matt Kellogg introduced John Campbell of Lite Construction who spoke about using local contractors for the project.

While the six-month renovation of the county board room is going on, the Kendall County Board will meet in the Historic Courthouse.

County board members also heard Thursday about a $240,000 remodeling of the Kendall County Jail multi-purpose room.

The funds for that project will come from a million dollar grant from the Local CURE program, which is federally funded from the Coronavirus Relief Fund, using dollars allocated to Illinois through the CARES Act.

Kendall County was allocated one million dollars.

There is a December 31 deadline to spend the money, which necessitated the special meeting.

Sheriff Dwight Baird explained the project at the jail.

Facilities Management Director Jim Smiley spoke about getting the jail project going.

Facilities Management Committee Chairman Kellogg asked Sheriff Baird about being prepared in the jail for the short timeline.

Kellogg said that there are secondary projects that the county board is considering, including work at the courthouse for improving social distancing for juries in the jury room.

Right now, there can only be only one jury trial at a time at the courthouse.

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