Putnam County Council open to contract with Illinois State Police; details to be finalized – Shaw Local


Putnam County Council will present a contract to the Illinois State Police to set up an office in the county’s emergency management agency building, the council decided after discussion at the monthly meeting of Monday.

The building is located at 1120 Old Highway 26 in Hennepin and also houses county emergency management personnel and serves as an emergency operations center.

The contract has been discussed in previous meetings and is awaiting the official green light due to details in the wording of the contract.

Putnam County State’s Attorney Christina Judd Mennie said at the meeting that the ISP would not be obligated to tell the county if anyone was injured on the property.

“It’s something they said they’ve never done and they have multiple buildings across the state that don’t need it,” Mennie said. “I don’t like doing things like that.”

Mennie went on to say that the ISP suggested language in the contract that would state that only soldiers would be allowed in the building and not the general public.

Mennie also said she would like to include the tongue if there was an injury in the building the ISP would be responsible for dealing with it.

The council said it would support hosting the organization in the building if details are agreed moving forward.

“Obviously the benefits, in the event that something catastrophic happens, we’ll have state police headquarters here in the county,” council chairman Charlie Lenkaitis said. “Using this space is a good thing.”

Mennie received unanimous approval to draft a contract with the preferred language and present it to the Illinois State Police.

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