Peoria County Morgue Expansion is a Go

By WEEK Reporter

July 14, 2011 Updated Jul 14, 2011 at 10:07 PM CDT

The Peoria County Morgue was opened fours years ago, but they are already running out of room. And, after tonight's County board meeting, they finally have some relief.

By a vote of 16 to 1, the board approved an agreement with Larson Garby Group for architecture and engineering services for the expansion of the morgue that would hold a total of 12 coolers.

Currently, the morgue can only hold three bodies at a time, while awaiting autopsy, compared to other counties that have capacity for as many as 14.

Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll says the expansion is something that Peoria is in desperate need of.

"Currently five or six deaths are reported each and every day to the coroners office, that translates to more than 40 to 50 in any given week and more than 2100 annually," said Ingersoll. "It will certainly help with our work immensely."

According to Larson Garby Group, the projected is estimated to cost $235,000 to build.

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