Demolition of Cook County Facilities and Upgrading of Others Discussed in Cook County Capital Budget Hearing
Cook County Board of Commissioners Finance Committee - Departmental Budget Hearings
November 2, 2017 - 9AM
Commissioners Present from the beginning at 9AM until the end at 11AM Daley, Morrison, Suffredin,Silvestri, Garcia, Boykin, Gainer, Schneider Commissioners Present only for the Q and A : Arroyo, Deer, Simms, Moore
Commissioners Absent:Tobolski,Fritchey,Butler, Goslin, Moody
The Capital budget is mostly about big, long-term projects. Their overriding principle guiding this department has to do with assessing the county’s needs and matching each project with the necessary funding. They must decide between short-term and long-term financing. Short term financing mostly deals with their operating fund, while long term financing deals with funding through debt. Amman Rizki, as head of the department, gave the main presentation., Ann Kalayil also spoke as Assets Manager. And John Yonan spoke for the transportation issues. All three (and their staffers) answered questions.
Some Highlights from their presentations include:
Question and Answer:
(At this point there was a break in the discussion. I was seated behind Comm. Suffredin and asked him about the branch court closings. He said that the most underutilized branch was located at Belmont and Western. If closed, those proceedings would move to Grand and Central. Talk of closing a court like Bridgeview was a whole different matter, he said. Bridgeview represents a whole judicial district, not a branch.)
There was much discussion at the end about the Oak Forest Hospital complex. Many commissioners weighed in on what to do with the 340 acres and 60 buildings, plus a church and a cemetery. Department officials admitted that a feasibility study was needed and one is being planned. Questions remained about how much could actually be saved, given the enormity of closing this complex and planning for the future.
Observer - Jan Goldberg
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