- EDITOR’S NOTE: Since this post, Kane County officials say they are no longer actively pursuing a rental agreement for the the 200 S. Western Ave. building in Carpentersville, following consultation with the National Guard and state officials. The mass vaccination site in Batavia is set to open Friday, March 19.
Kane County officials confirmed today (Tuesday, March 9, 2021) that they are close to securing two mass vaccination sites — one on Randall Road in Batavia and one on IL Route 31 in Carpentersville.
Kane County Board Madam Chairman Corinne Pierog updated County Board members during this morning’s monthly meeting of the full board.
Officials said the first mass vaccination site is planned for the former Sam’s Club site, 501 N. Randall Road in Batavia. The property no longer is owned by the WalMart parent company but has been sold to a real estate agency that is negotiating the lease contract with Kane County.
The second site is located at 200 S. Western Ave. (IL Route 31) in Carpentersville. A lease for that site is pending.
Pierog said the Batavia mass vaccination site could open as soon as April 1, with a lease that would extend through Nov. 1. The Carpentersville site could be operational as soon as August, with a lease that also could extend through Nov. 1.
“We did give a small portfolio of these sites to the Illinois Department of Public Health, and these are the two sites they selected from that portfolio,” Pierog said.
Kane County will receive a $1.25 million grant to pay its share of the cost of operating the sites. Officials were not certain this morning whether the grant could be used to pay the lease agreements, but if grant could not be applied to the leases, there will be ample funding from Kane County’s Cares Act allocation to cover the costs.
Several County Board members said the potential price tag for the leases is higher than they would agree to under other circumstances. The “not to exceed” agreements would allow the county to spend up to $300,000 to lease the Carpentersville site and up to $220,000 to lease the Batavia site.
“Obviously, we would hope to spend much less than that,” Kane County Health Committee Chairman Jarett Sanchez said.
Pierog and several County Board members said they are determined to establish mass vaccination sites as quickly as possible to ensure expedient and equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to Kane County residents.
“This falls under the category of the fog of war,” County Board member Thomas Koppie said. “We have to keep forging on.”
Kane County Board member Drew Frasz said it is important to remember that Kane County remains in a pandemic and each minute or hour of additional negotiation over the lease could cost lives.
“I think we need to acknowledge and put our faith in Madam Chairman (Pierog) and Health Committee Chair Sanchez,” he said. “We need to put our faith in their decision-making abilities in this emergency and get this done. It’s the right way to go.”
SOURCE: Kane County Board YouTube video