CRESTON — Creston trustees approved the 2015 building code ordinances, bringing the village up to date with more than 30 communities in Ogle County and neighboring counties. The move to adopt the 2015 building code is meant to bring consistency throughout the area as well as clarify the practices in the International Building Codes.
Trustees approved a funds transfer of nearly $32,000 from the landfill account to the general account for street repairs already completed in the village. President
Tom Byro explained the transfer needed to be done for auditing purposes.
Byro introduced an economic development program established through the State of Illinois Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The program features a website catered to several regions throughout the state, listing available commercial and industrial properties.
The program is meant to provide site planners the necessary information needed such as available buildings and sizes, ceiling height, utilities in place, and access to rail or interstates — in a centralized website.
Through Ogle County Board member Greg Sparrow, communities in the county are being offered the chance to participate in the program, which is meant to enhance economic development opportunities.
Several communities in Ogle County already have some type of economic development department, including Mt. Morris, Oregon, Polo, and Byron. The Greater Rochelle Economic Development Corporation (GREDCO) oversees the Rochelle area.
“This is going to be a place people can go to and look at any town’s properties…what’s available, the cost, where it’s at,” Byro said.