The Redwood County Board of Commissioners approved the design development submittal from Wold Architects at its meeting Tuesday, with a budget of just over $4 million with a few suggested additions included in the budget.
In addition to that project, the county also approved plans to move forward with another project at an estimated cost exceeding $300,000.
The second project the county has agreed to pursue is the remodeling of the county public health building, which would house both the human services and public health programs of Southwest Health and Human Services. The county has discussed this as an option in an effort to create greater efficiencies. The proposal presented by John MacNamara of Wold Architects included $175,000 in construction costs, with an additional $155,000 for other costs for an estimated total of $330,000. The plan would be to put the project out for bids in March or April with the work beginning this summer. The project would include the creation of 35 work stations for the staff of the two programs and would remodel the current meeting room in the public health facility – meaning that space which has been used by a number of groups over the years would no longer be available. There were concerns raised by the county about parking, which is something it is going to address as the project moves forward.
The project would also vacate the current human services building, which was recently renovated by the county.
When it comes to the law enforcement center, the county board now is going to have MacNamara create more specific documents that would ultimately be used when requests for bids are made.
The new budget includes additional contingency funds – increasing from a $7,000 proposal when the design development was first presented to $182,000. There were some reductions in the budget, including $80,000 in plumbing costs, as current fixtures can be reused, as can some current light fixtures cutting the electrical cost by $5,000.
The county continues to work on its agreement with the City of Redwood Falls for its financial obligation of the overall LEC project.