Old Kendall Jail

(WSPYnews.com photo by Jim Wyman)

Following a three-month extension granted by the Yorkville City Council in July, advocates who want to save the Old Kendall County Jail in downtown Yorkville will go back before the council next week for more discussion.

At the Tuesday meeting, they will discuss their fundraising, functionality ideas and ultimately new information that has surfaced regarding the building's condition which could mean more time to find a long term use.

Lisa Wolancevich with the Yorkville Historic Preservation Society and the "Go Directly to Jail" group spoke with WSPY again this week and says a new site visit report by Berglund Construction, an historic preservation and restoration organization, shows that the jail is in, "repairable condition" and has, "healthy bones" but does require immediate attention.

A previous city inspection had recommended immediate demolition. Wolancevich says she has been working with City Administrator Bart Olson and Landmarks Illinois.

In an e-mail, Olson says that Berglund recommends enclosing the envelope of the entire structure with masonry work and a new temporary roof for between $65,000 and $75,000. The e-mail also states that with some additional siding, gutter repair and replacement of doors and windows, the city's estimate is between $70,000 and $90,000.

Officials have said the newer addition to the building is in the poorest shape and Wolancevich says a priority is a replacement of the roof.

Wolancevich says the new report from Berglund, "is the beginning of a different discussion."

Wolancevich says the group has joined with the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley enabling the foundation to accept charitable donations. She says they have received the financial support of more than 40 Yorkville businesses, have had 12 fundraisers and have had a very cooperative experience working with the city and Mayor Gary Golinski.

Yorkville City Council meets on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall on Game Farm Rd.