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DeKalb County Board OKs $475K land purchase from Sycamore

Karen Cribben sworn in as new member; 2.6 miles of road transferred to DeKalb

Karen Cribben is sworn in as a member of the DeKalb County Board on Wednesday night by DeKalb County Clerk and Recorder Douglas Johnson. Cribben took over the seat formerly held by her husband, Dan Cribben, who resigned to take a seat on the Board of Review.
Karen Cribben is sworn in as a member of the DeKalb County Board on Wednesday night by DeKalb County Clerk and Recorder Douglas Johnson. Cribben took over the seat formerly held by her husband, Dan Cribben, who resigned to take a seat on the Board of Review.

SYCAMORE – DeKalb County is getting a little bit bigger – sort of – after the County Board approved a resolution as part of a land purchase from the city of Sycamore.

On Wednesday, the DeKalb County Board passed its side of an intergovernmental agreement to buy property from Sycamore for $475,000. The Sycamore City Council approved its side of the deal Monday.

The parcels include a facility at 202 E. Page St., commonly called the Water Division property, as well as a storage building at 1730 N. Main St.

Sycamore City Manager Brian Gregory spoke in support of the agreement at the meeting.

“We’ve worked with each other in the past; it won’t be the last time,” Gregory said. “When we increase efficiency in our operations, everyone wins.”

The County Board approved the agreement unanimously. Mark Pietrowski, County Board chairman, expressed the board’s enthusiasm.

“It really meets a lot of needs we were looking for, saves a lot of money that would have been spent on buildings built on land we already owned,” he said. “We are extremely pleased that the city reached out to us and gave this opportunity.”

Wednesday night’s meeting also saw the swearing-in of new board member Karen Cribben, filling the seat left by her husband, Dan Cribben. The Daily Chronicle reported in June that he left the position to fill a vacancy on the DeKalb County Board of Review. Karen had previously worked as chief deputy assessment officer for the DeKalb County Assessment Office. Karen will fill the unexpired term, which goes until Nov. 30, 2020.

Other Business

The County Board also approved the transfer of 2.6-mile stretch of road from the county’s jurisdiction to the DeKalb Road District and the city of DeKalb. County Engineer Nathan Schwartz said jurisdictional transfers can happen for several reasons, and this one happened because the road district’s total miles was dwindling because of things such as annexations by municipalities.

The road being transferred begins as Rich Road at Glidden Road and goes east, becoming Coltonville Road as it passes First Street, then continues until Stonehenge Drive. Schwartz said the stretch of road didn’t really fit in the county’s road system and used to be township road in the past.

Because of a prior agreement between the city and the township, a portion of the road by the Bridges of RiverMist subdivision will be city jurisdiction, but the township will maintain it, Schwartz said.

“We only want to do [jurisdiction transfers] if it makes sense,” he said.

• Kevin Solari contributed to this report.

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