About 50 local residents were on hand last Friday to check out the new Kane County Emergency Services Building at an open house and ribbon cutting.

Kane County Sheriff Lamont Smith welcomed those in attendance, thanking the many people responsible for the planning and construction of the new facility.

The program was then turned over to Deputy Sheriff Tracy Glover, who Smith said was the man responsible for ramrodding the project.

Glover explained the process on how the new building came about, explaining how they obtained grants and low interest loans to build the EMS building, as well as a new hangar at the airport. Glover thanked all the local subcontractors, as well as the general contractor, Thebeau Consulting.

He added that several years ago, airport manager Dick Brewer alerted the sheriff’s office about a plane that they could buy for only $5,000 from a drug bust, but they had to hold on to to it for at least five years. The county recently sold that plane for $150,000, using those funds to build the hangar.

Glover and Kane County Emergency Serivces Director Alan Alldredge then gave tours of the building.

According to Kane County Clerk Karla Johnson, the only thing owed on the two new buildings, valued at almost one million dollars, is a bond for $250,000.