Wayne County looks at $3.2M upgrade of county building

Wayne County’s recently adopted five-year capital project plan includes $3.2 million to rehabilitate one of its older buildings, as well as targeting a number of other structures, highways and parks.

County Administrator Rick House and Ken Blake, House’s fiscal assistant and deputy budget officer, emphasized that the project’s $30.1 million price tag does not automatically commit funding, but it does identify facility needs.

“Some of it’s going to be done, some of it’s not,” Blake said.

“The plan is not necessarily an indication of funding,” added House, who noted that the capital projects plan is updated each year.

Among those needs is renovation of County Office Building 4 at 16 William St., one of several county-owned facilities in the park square area of downtown Lyons. House and Blake noted that the building, which at one time served as a car dealership, was identified as a building in need of significant upgrades. The county will spend $150,000 in 2018 for project planning, with construction targeted for 2019.

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