County considering emergency declaration to replace generator at the jail

County considering emergency declaration to replace generator at the jail

An emergency generator at the LaSalle County jail doesn’t work. An emergency maneuver could be used Friday to replace it. County Board Chairman Jim Olson says the Property Committee can declare an emergency to speed up buying the replacement. Otherwise, the county will keep spending $2,000 per week for at least another month to rent a generator to keep on standby.

Olson says the state requires a generator capable of powering 75% of the jail when normal power is out. One bid the county has already received is for $59,000 for the permanent replacement.