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Sheriff’s Deputy granted leave of absence : News : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Sheriff’s Deputy granted leave of absence
by Matt Schury


A Kendall County Sheriff’s patrol deputy who has been on disability since 2012 was formally given an unpaid leave of absence last week.
The board passed a memorandum of agreement with Deputy David Geisen, the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office, the Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council and Kendall County from Dec. 1, 2013, to Aug. 1, 2014.

The motion passed on a 9-0 vote with Prochaska abstaining. After the meeting Prochaska abstained because he knows Geisen and attended high school with him.

Leslie Johnson, assistant Kendall County State’s Attorney, explained that in November 2012 Geisen was injured in the line of duty.

“His injury has taken a little bit longer than anyone has anticipated to heal,” she said.

Johnson noted that under the Public Employee Disability Act a sworn officer injured in the line of duty is entitled to up to one year of salary while he is out on leave for the work-related injury. She said per normal procedures they contacted him and he indicated that he was not cleared to return to work and requested an extended leave.

Board OKs bid for aerial photography in early spring
In other business the board awarded a bid to the Madison, Wis.-based Ayres Associates to take aerial photos of the county in the spring.

The bid Ayres presented the county for the work was for an amount not to exceed $34,500. It was the lowest of three bids. The board is expected to approve a contract with Ayres at one of their January meetings, once the State’s Attorney’s office has reviewed the document.

Stan Laken, the county’s technology director, said the quality of the photos should be the same as in the past and the county will retain the rights to the images.

If the contract is passed by the County Board it should save them some money. Board member Amy Cesich noted that this bid is considerably lower than a previous company they had used to do the same work.

Board member Judy Gilmour said the previous work was bid at about $50,000.

“It was quite a big difference,” she said.

Board member John Purcell noted it would be a “leaf off” fly over, with the aerial images taken before the trees bloom in spring.

The photos are used by the county’s Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping department, Don Clayton, the county’s GIS director said. Various county offices including the sheriff’s office, the supervisor of assessments and the highway department then use the maps.

Clayton said once the fly-over is completed the map will be available on the county’s website. The department is trying to complete a new photo of the county every two years. The current years available on the site include 1939, 2003 and 2010. They are only viewable from Windows-based PC computers.

Grove Road transferred
to township highway system

The board unanimously approved transferring jurisdiction of part of Grove Road north of Route 126 to NaAuSay Township from the county’s road system.

Construction work to shift the intersection at Route 126 and Grove to the west was completed this fall. The project joined two sections of Grove Road on Route 126 where there was a half-mile separation.

It moved the portion of Grove Road north of Route 126 west so it lines up with Grove Road south of Route 126. The small portion of Grove Road north of Route 126 leads to a dead end. That portion will become part of NaAuSay Township’s highway system.

Dan Koukol, the county’s Highway Committee chairman, said NaAuSay Township will be in charge of maintenance and upkeep of the road.

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