After a conference call with Secretary of State Jesse White, Rockford government leaders are more at ease with the Auburn Street drivers license facility relocating.
The Secretary of State apologized for the lack of communication in the decision to close the facility, and also says he's willing to explore different options to accommodate customers, aside from the new Baxter Road center. One option is the Singer Mental Health Center, as well as certain facilities on Main Street and 11th.
The biggest concern is the space needed. The idea of adding express facilities is on the table, as well as sharing the load with other service centers in the area. One center that may not be able to handle the traffic is East State Street. That location is busting at the seams, with people already lined up out the door for service.
"We want to make sure that whatever facility it happens to be is not gonna be an under service to the people that they're serving," says Rep. Chuck Jefferson. "I think that we probably outgrew the facility on Auburn and Central some time ago, but no one wanted to say that, and no one wanted to look at different alternatives."
Jefferson says there have been attempts to extend the contract on the Auburn Street building, just until a decision has been made on a closer facility, but the owners are not interested.
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