Within a short period of time, contractors across the region are going to see the plans for the Redwood County Law Enforcement Center (LEC) proposed renovation and addition project in Redwood Falls.
Based on a contract documents submittal presented to the Red-wood County Board of Commissioners at its Tuesday meeting, the board voted to send the project out for bids.
John MacNamara of Wold Architects, who presented the most recently updated documents to the board, said the plan is to put the documents out for bids now, which gives contractors about four weeks to put together their bids before the April bid opening.
While there were number changes within the budget itself, as input altered a few of the design elements of the project, the ultimate budget estimate for the proposed project re-mained the same from the design development documents to contract documents – at $4,050,000.
MacNamara estimated a 12-month construction time frame.
That construction could begin as early as May, with the project broken down into three phases – the booking area addition, the sheriff’s department addition and the existing building renovation, including the demolition of the old sheriff’s building. MacNamara said doing the project in phases would allow for operations to continue while the construction work is being done.
Although the county has now committed to accepting bids for the project, it still has the opportunity to stop the project if the bids come in higher than anticipated or if for some other reason the county board chooses not to proceed.
In other action from its meeting Tuesday, the county board:
• Approved the hire of Sandy Wertish as a full time account technician in the assessor’s office.
• Approved the hire of Denise Siegfried as the full-time deputy recorder in the county recorder’s office.
• Adopted a resolution regarding construction work to take place at the intersection of CSAH 1 and TH 19. According to Willy Rabenberg, Redwood County highway engineer, the Minnesota Department of Trans-portation has committed to providing funding to improve this intersection – hopefully during the summer.