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County accepts courthouse remodel bids

By Staff | Nov 8, 2015

A timeline has been set in motion and Faribault County has been sticking to it so far.

Last month, the Faribault County Board approved the timeline for the first phase of the courthouse repairs and moving of offices.

That timeline had a date of Oct. 29 set for bid openings for the Ag Center remodel to accommodate county offices and for the attorney office remodel.

The County Board heard about the bid process for the attorney’s office.

“There were seven bidders for this project,”?Central Services director Dawn Fellows said.

The base bids from those seven contractors ranged from $119,300 to $161,800.

“The low bid came from Ankeny Builders at $119,300,” Fellows said.

They would be scheduled to begin on Nov. 16. However, Fellows said there would be some cleaning that needed to be completed before the contractors can begin.

The County Board approved the bid and awarded the work to Ankeny Builders.

They also received an update on the Ag Center remodel. Seven general contractors submitted bids with base bids ranging from $195,850 to $255,300.

In addition to the seven bids submitted by general contractors, the county also received several alternate bids for work on the HVAC?system. Those bids ranged from $1,500 to $38,000.

The board accepted both the base bid of $195,850 and the alternate bid of $38,000 from MetCon Construction.

“For an additional $38,000 I think we would be foolish not to proceed with a project that is going to make everyone more comfortable,”?commissioner Greg Young said.

The HVAC zone work would create an individual zone for the HVAC system in each department space.

Fellows added that both of these bids were under the original estimate.

The timeline estimates a preconstruction meeting date of Nov. 12, to begin actual construction by Nov. 16.

The County Board also heard from county engineer Mark Daly who was ready to suggest a way to save the county a little money each year.

“We have phone lines at all of our buildings,”?he said. “To be honest I don’t think they are ever called.”

Daly added that with cell phones and two-way radios he rarely needs to use a landline if he needs to reach one of the employees at one of the shops in Wells, Winnebago or Bricelyn.

“We are paying $1,200 a year for all three shops $35 a month,” he said.

County attorney Troy Timmerman had just one concern with the idea of canceling the lines altogether.

“My only thought is if someone gets hurt, they can call 911 (from the landline) then dispatch can trace that call,”?he said.

However, the county commissioners felt if that was the only concern about getting rid of the landlines then they would be willing to move forward with it.

“I think it is time to get rid of it,” Commissioner Tom Loveall said. “We can’t cover all eventualities.”

The County Board voted and gave approval to remove the landlines from the three county public works buildings and keep only the landline in the main shop building in Blue Earth.