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Justice Center project approaches completion

The city of O’Fallon is getting closer to opening its new Justice Center.

At the City Council’s Sept. 14 work session, Project Manager Chris Clercx provided councilmembers with an update on the $28 million project.

Clercx said the center’s clock tower recently was installed and final ceramic tile installation completed at the building located along Bryan Road south of Veterans Memorial Parkway. Installation of the building’s firing range, located in the center’s basement, is ongoing and expected to be completed this month.

Safety testing for mechanical, electrical and fire protection was completed earlier this month and the building’s major systems have been started up. Clercx said furniture delivery began Thursday, Sept. 14. He described the arrival of the fixtures as a “big milestone” in the project. Furniture installation is expected to take a minimum of four weeks, he said.

Commissioning, which tests the building’s major systems, is expected to start soon. Dispatch and radio tower installation is ongoing, according to Clercx. Office space move-in is expected in October and Clercx said the first court dates at the new building are expected late next month.

At this time, the project has a funding surplus of $839,074. The project is financed by a bond issue and property tax increase approved by voters in April 2015. The city council retained McCarthy Building Companies last year to complete the project.

Additionally at its Sept. 14 work session, the council decided to move forward with a program to sell engraved, commemorative bricks to be placed outside the Justice Center. The bricks will be sold for $50 and be placed around the Justice Center’s clock tower in the building’s courtyard, Communications Director Thomas Drabelle said. It is estimated that the area can hold between 200 and 300 bricks. Depending on how many bricks are sold, other areas where they may be located include along the sidewalks and elsewhere around the courtyard.

“The point is we want to make sure they’re visible and that residents be able to find their brick very easily when they come to look at it,” Drabelle said.

Residents will be able to put names, family names and official business names on the bricks.

Drabelle said he expects to have an order form placed on the city’s website as early as this week. Residents can send the order form and a check to city hall to purchase a brick.

Drabelle said the campaign to sell bricks will last until the end of the year; the bricks are slated to be installed in the spring of next year.

The city will not gain any profits from selling the bricks, Drabelle said. Estimated costs provided by Drabelle put each brick at between $18 and $23, with installation at $26 per brick.

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