Cook County Commissioner Debra White (Dist 1) is hosting a meeting on Saturday, December 16, at 10 a.m. in the Colvill Town Hall to discuss the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) underway for Cook County.
Specifically, Commissioner White will present and discuss the proposed improvement plans for both the Colvill Town Hall and the Hovland Town Hall and receive feedback from the public that she can share with the county board and staff.
Both town halls are simple buildings that are more than 70 years old. They are each anchor for their respective unincorporated communities, hosting weddings, dances, birthday and anniversary celebrations, and other community events. The Hovland town hall is the venue for the bi-annual Hovland Arts Festival, and the Colvill town hall is the meeting location for a local Girl Scout troop.
Although owned by the county, most of the maintenance and management of these historic buildings has been done by community volunteers over the years.
Among the improvements proposed in the CIP prepared by the architectural firm CR-BPS-Building Performance Specialists, under contract with the county board, is replacing the original hardwood floors in the Hovland town hall.
According to the draft plan written by CR-BPS, the estimated cost of improving these two facilities is over $400,000.
Commissioner White plans to go over the itemized improvements proposed during the meeting to inform residents what is planned and get feedback from the public to help her and her fellow board members make an informed decision about the historic town halls. She’s also looking to get input on the CIP overall.
The Colvill Townhall is located at 2965 East Highway 61. The meeting begins at 10:00 a.m., but expect doors to be open after 9:30 a.m.