Critical project to move forward in 2021
“County Board members have seen firsthand the need for a new morgue and are working together to address this issue,” said County Board Speaker Mimi Cowan. “Will County is a growing county that must continue to be aggressive in planning for our future growth and I believe this project has bipartisan support to move forward.”
“I am grateful that the County Board leadership and members of the Capital Improvements Committee who recognize the need for a modern, safe facility not only for our employees who work there every day but also for the public that we serve through our work,” said Coroner Laurie Summers. “I am thankful to all those who have toured our current facility and advocated for this project to move forward.”
The County Board has worked to prioritize this project among many other important projects and will take further action in the coming weeks to formalize the funding and bid process to make this project a reality.
“The Board’s Finance Committee will soon take up this issue, once the Speaker assigns this project for consideration,” said Minority Leader Mike Fricilone. “Will County’s strong financial management over many years allows the Board to move this project forward and continue to build on our previous capital improvement success.”
Recently Will County was again awarded its AA+ bond ratings from Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s. This is due to the county’s diverse tax base, stable financial performance, and strong reserves and liquidity.
“I look forward to moving this project forward with the Capital Improvements Committee work in 2021,” said Chair Herb Brooks. “We have a number of projects that will continue to improve the County’s efficient operations and keep both our employees and the public safe when they visit our facilities.”
The next step for this process will be formal action by the County Board’s Finance Committee and further action to finalize the bid process so that final design work can be completed. The goal is to begin construction later in 2021.