Construction has begun on a new Wayne County Highway Department office building. Greenwalt & Sons of Wayne City is doing the work at a cost estimated at $200,000. The 50 X 30 feet structure should be ready for occupancy sometime this fall.
Johannes Construction Company of Centralia was the apparent low bidder for the construction of a security entrance on the north side of the Wayne County courthouse. Their bid came in at $310,000. The project cost does not include the purchase of an X-Ray scanner and video surveillance equipment. Because the bid was not on this month’s county board agenda, the matter has been tabled until next month.
Several members of the Wayne County Board say they are upset that retired Wayne County Highway Engineer Art Loebach is contacting various construction consultants that are working on ongoing road and bridge projects. The board instructed the current highway engineer to contact the consultants and advise them that Loebach no longer represents Wayne County in any capacity.
Fairfield Memorial Hospital is the recipient of a $183,680 state grant to install a new emergency power generator. The device has already been installed. Wabash General Hospital in Mt. Carmel received $173,000 for new surgical equipment.
Illinois State Police arrested 30-year-old James E. O’Brien of Columbus, Indiana during a traffic stop in White County this week and seized a sizeable amount of marijuana. O’Brien remains in the White County jail on a felony charge of possession of between 30-500 grams of marijuana with the intent to distribute and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.