Friday, April 14, 2017

Boone County agrees to sell old animal services building



Posted by RVPEditor / In Belvidere Daily Republican, Public Meetings

By Bob Balgemann


Now that the new animal services building on the north side of Squaw Prairie Road is finished, Boone County officials are ready to sell the old one at 1230 S. Appleton Road.

After quite a bit of discussion, the county board voted 12-0 to open the process up to public bids, with no minimum dollar amount required. The board maintained the right to accept or refuse any and all offers.

County Administrator Ken Terrinoni explained there were a number of avenues that could be pursued with regard to the sale. One would be a negotiated sale with an interested buyer and see what price can be agreed upon. The other would be the bid process.

He said the roads and capital improvements committee, which considered that issue, was divided over the best way to get the most for taxpayers.

“It was felt the [full county] board should weigh in on it,” he said.

Committee Chairman Brad Stark said he was adamant at the committee level about putting the sale out to bid.

“I think this is the most open way we can go about selling this surplus property,” Stark said.

Board member Cathy Ward agreed, saying, “We should open it up to everyone in the county who might be interested.”

Another board member, Sherry Giesecke, wondered about setting a minimum bid for the property.

Board Chairman Karl Johnson said the committee did not like that approach.

“There will be plenty out there who will try to buy something for nothing,” board member Jeff Carlisle said.

Another viewpoint came from newly elected board member, Dr. Bernard O’Malley.

“This is a special use type of property and a small number of people will be interested in it,” O’Malley said. “It needs a lot of work.”

However, Stark countered the notion expressed earlier that this property would sell for $1 or $10, was “quite silly. Mr. O’Malley thinks the property needs work. Well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Somebody might like it just the way it is. Somebody might buy it for the land. We don’t know. As the seller, we shouldn’t be running down our piece of property. I think it’s quite beautiful, myself. It doesn’t eat, and we don’t have to clean up after it. So, if it takes a while to sell, so be it.”

Committee Vice Chairman Denny Ellingson said there already had been some inquiries about the property.

A motion to open the Appleton Road property to public bid was authored by board member Marshall Newhouse and seconded by Ward. It was approved, 10-2, in a voice vote.

In related action, the board voted 12-0 to make a final payment of $87,426.30 to Rockford Structures Construction Company in Machesney Park, for general construction of the 3,300-square-foot animal services building.

Overall, this was an estimated $1.040-million project financed by the sale of $800,000 in bonds that voters approved Nov. 4, 2014.

The general fund will be reimbursed $251,781.93. It is supplying to make up the difference.

Some of the big-ticket items shown in the contract breakdown were rough carpentry/lumber, $150,411.76; site work, $82,100; electrical, $76,064; overhead and profit, $68,359.30; $57,362; concrete/concrete systems, $62,794; HVAC, $57,362; gutters, downspouts, siding, $42,269.30; painting/epoxy, $29,419; doors, hardware, $27,880; drywall, $24,416; and roofing, $20,450.

Former North Boone teacher, coach faces sex assault charges

Former North Boone teacher, coach faces sex assault charges

Posted Apr 13, 2017 at 12:36 PM Updated at 12:11 AM

By Kristen Zambo
Staff writer

ROCKFORD — Two North Boone High School teachers have been jailed within seven days of each other after each was accused of having a sexual relationship with a student.

Scott M. Brady, 52, of Rockford, a former science teacher and soccer coach, appeared in court today after being charged with four counts of criminal sexual assault and two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of an underage girl in Rockford.

Brady is held in the Winnebago County Jail on a $300,000 bond.

A North Boone High School special education and math teacher, Sarah Myers, 40, of Garden Prairie, was charged last week in Boone County Circuit Court with criminal sexual assault of a student.

“These two cases are not believed to be related,” Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato said.

North Boone Superintendent Michael Greenlee said in a written statement that the school has an extensive hiring process that includes thorough background checks and mandatory, continuing ethics training.

“We have great, dedicated teachers and staff. Obviously, we are shocked and disappointed at the allegations in these past couple of weeks,” Greenlee said. “In both instances we acted immediately upon learning about the allegations, and we contacted law enforcement.”

Brady resigned in December when school officials notified police of the allegations and an investigation was launched, Bruscato said this afternoon at a news conference. The alleged incidents occurred between December 2015 and December 2016, when the girl was 17 and 18 years old, according to a criminal complaint filed on Wednesday.

“We expect our children to be safe at school. Everybody does,” Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea said.

The teen wasn’t a student in Brady’s science classes, Bruscato said, adding his office has “zero tolerance” for teachers who physically or sexually abuse students.

O’Shea said Brady was charged in Winnebago County because Brady lives in Rockford and the alleged contact occurred there. Bruscato said “while we believe this situation is isolated,” the investigation continues.

Rockford police arrested Brady at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday.

In bond court, Judge Francis M. Martinez ordered Brady not to have any contact with children.

Brady remains in the Winnebago County Jail and must post $30,000 to bail out. His next court date is May 5.

The sexual assault charges are punishable by four to 15 years in prison and the sexual abuse counts are punishable by three to seven years.

Myers, who faces two counts of criminal sexual assault, is due back in court April 21. According to Myers’ teacher page, she teaches special education at the high school, as well some math courses. She also is a freshman student adviser, her website states. The teen wasn’t a special education student, Sheriff Dave Ernest has said.

Kristen Zambo: 815-987-1339;; @KristenZambo

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Boone County Clerk, Recorder Mary Steurer to retire


Boone County Clerk, Recorder Mary Steurer to retire

Posted Apr 12, 2017 at 5:56 PM Updated Apr 12, 2017 at 11:23 PM

By Susan Vela
Staff writer

BELVIDERE — Boone County Clerk and Recorder Mary Steurer is retiring after nearly 40 years of organizing election workers, helping people get married, documenting land transactions and doing much more.

Steurer joined the office in 1979, worked her way up the ranks and was appointed to the job in 2011 when then-Clerk and Recorder Pam McCullough retired. Steurer was elected in November 2012 for a two-year term and was re-elected for a four-year term in November 2014. She’ll leave the job June 15 to spend more time with her husband, Dale.

“I feel bad leaving before my term is up,” Steurer said. “I just feel the time is right. We would like to do a little traveling and I would like to just be home.”

Steurer said she’s confident her office of five employees will be left in capable hands. County officials are seeking letters of interest and resumes from applicants who wish to be appointed to her job. The deadline to apply is April 28.

Steurer’s replacement must be a Republican. He or she will receive a yearly salary of $81,708 and will oversee an annual budget of about $700,000, Steurer said.


Boone County Board Chairman Karl Johnson will recommend a replacement at the May 17 County Board meeting. The nominee must be approved by the board. Johnson is looking for someone who has Steurer’s dedication.

“I don’t think you can find a person who is more positive,” he said. “She’s nice. She’s pleasant. She’s willing to do whatever she can to help out. She truly cares about the county.”

Steurer worked part time for the county treasurer’s office for about three years before joining the clerk and recorder’s office. She loved the office’s energetic pace and eventually became McCullough’s deputy clerk.

“I never had thought of being clerk but I really enjoyed it,” she said.

Steurer’s enthusiasm was apparent to former County Board Chairman Bob Walberg.

“I’m kind of sad about (her retirement) because she’s done such a great job,” he said. “She was always on top of her facts and figures. She almost always knew the answer. If she didn’t, she knew how to get the answer. She’s done that job extremely well. She was just so helpful to the board and so meticulous with our minutes.”

Anyone interested in replacing Steurer can send a letter expressing his or her interest and qualifications to Boone County Board Chairman Karl Johnson, Administration Campus, 1212 Logan Ave., Suite 102, Belvidere, IL 61008.

Susan Vela: 815-987-1392;; @susanvela

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County Clerk & Recorder


Term Expires

November 30, 2018

Length of Term

Remainder of Term

Per Illinois law this candidate must be a registered Republican.

Interested parties are asked to send a letter and/or resume expressing your interest and qualifications along with your contact information to Boone County Board Chairman Karl Johnson, Administration Campus, 1212 Logan Ave., Suite 102, Belvidere, IL 61008.  Please respond by April 28, 2017 to assure being considered.

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