Road bids lower than expected
By Zach Anderson
The Pope County Board of Commissioners got some positive news when bids for overlay projects on County State Aid highways 2, 6, 24 and 37 came back just under $500,000 less than the engineers estimate of $2.8 million. The board approved Central Specialties’ bid of $2,331,389.38 for the work.
County Engineer Brian Giese said the construction schedule will start by May 30 and conclude in 60 working days. The project will be funded through state aid construction funds.
The board approved going ahead with Klein McCarthy Architects for design services and Contegrity Group for construction management services to renovate the courthouse restrooms and plumbing.
The project goal is to renovate the third level of the courthouse to provide Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) restrooms within the screened area, replace piping in the first and second level stacked restrooms and replace plumbing fixtures in the first and second level restrooms.
The feasibility study will be completed in either April or May, with design and document preparations in June, July or August Bids will be released in the fall with construction to begin in fall or winter this year.
“It would be nice to get this project moving so we can get bids by early fall and complete in the winter,” said Board Chair Paul Gerde.
In other action, the board:
• Heard a report from Jane Hennagir of MCIT (Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust.) Hennagir said that Pope County consistently comes in at less work compensation claims than expected.
“It comes back to the safety committee, staff and training,” Hennagir said.
MCIT consists of 81 counties in the state pooling money together to help cover workers compensation claims.
• Approved the purchase of eight AED defibrillators for $999 each ($8,072 total) from Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota for the sheriff’s office patrol cars to be used for heart attacks. The current eight units have programming.
Sheriff Tim Riley said the current units are a liability since the programming has changed over the last 10 years.
• Approved allowing Deputy Bryan Klassen to travel with the Minnesota Crimes against Children (ICAC) Task Force to the national ICAC conference in Atlanta, Ga., from June 6-8.
• Approved a request to increase the hours of part-time social workers to 29 hours. The adult protection worker hours will increase from 25 to 29 hours per week, while the developmental disabilities/MNCHOICES worker will go from 20 to 29 hours. The increased hours were requested due to the workload increase of adult protection reports and investigations and statutory changes for MNCHOICES.
The annual cost will increase approximately $18,103 total, but will be partially offset with additional revenue from the additional services that will be provided. The revenue will amount to an approximate increase of $6,000 per year.
“We are hoping this is what is best for the county and citizens,” commissioner Larry Lindor said.
• Approved a resolution encouraging the Legislature to increase reimbursement for family home visits.
• Set the forfeited tax sale for Friday, April 28 at 9 a.m. in the auditor-treasurer’s office of the Pope County Courthouse.
• Accepted a confession of judgement from Angela Terhaar on parcel 03-0188-000.