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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • County approves public health building renovation

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  • As part of the transition to Southwest Health and Human Services, the Redwood County Board approved a plan to renovate the public health building in order to utilize it as the location for both public health and human services.
    John McNamara of Wold Architects presented the project  stating with the approval of the board the proposal would go out for bids.
    During the planning stages the project had an estimated cost of $330,000, but McNam-ara said that cost has escalated as it relates to the mechanical and electrical needs of the building project.
    The plan includes converting the current meeting room in the facility to work stations, with 20 new stations created. The new estimated cost is $360,000, and McNamara said that includes $250,000 for office renovation and $110,000 for project costs.  An alternate for new carpeting and paint has been added.
    The estimated cost for the alternate is $75,000.
    The county is going to utilize $400,000 of already existing bonding funds which are left over from the county government center project. Those dollars were to be used ot make upgrades at the courthouse, and while some of those up-grades have been done the rest of the funds are now going to be used to make the public health upgrades.
    Commissioner Lon Walling said with this move the board now has to begin discussions about what it plans to do with the human services building. The board is going to discuss that at an upcoming work session.
    In other action, the county board:
    • Adopted a resolution of support for a proposed trail system in the Lower Sioux and Morton area. A grant has been requested to fund this project.
    • Appointed Jeff Lammers as the Southwest EMS board representative.
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