The Redwood County Board of Commissioners approved the low, responsible bid for the remodeling work at the public health building, with the bid coming in at $153,800, with an additional $66,800 for an alternate to make some painting and carpet upgrades in the existing office areas.
According to John Mac-Namara of Wold Architects, who presented the bid information via phone conference during the Redwood County board meeting Tuesday morning, the low bid with the alternates came from Sussner Construction, and with some changes to the furnishing and contingency line items on the budget brought the entire project in at $360,000 – the original cost estimate.
The duration of the project is about two months and is going to bring human services and public health departments under one roof.
The public health building project is going to include changes to the lobby area and to the meeting room to add more office space and to create a more secure public area in the facility.
In addition to talking about the public health project, MacNamara also updated the board on the current law enforcement center work, adding change orders which had come in had resulted in credits to the project of more than $62,000.
In other action during its meeting, the county board:
• Approved the official deed and purchase agreement documents for the sale of 11 acres of county property near the county museum to the Redwood-Renville Regional Solid Waste Authority which brings the recycling center project one step closer to becoming a reality.
• Adopted a resolution certifying 30 parcels in the county that are being declared forfeited tax properties, and if the current owners do not come in and pay the back taxes and assessments as well as the current taxes those parcels would be sold at an auction this fall.
• Officially began the process of creating a new ordinance that would result in the formation of a parks and trails commission which would focus on the current county park (Plum Creek) as well as future development of park areas and trail designations in Redwood County.
• Accepted the resignation of Mark Triplett from his position as the circle sentencing coordinator and approved posting the position to be filled.
• Adopted a resolution that created an agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation to conduct further cultural resources and archeological investigation of the CSAH 2 realignment project in the area of the Lower Sioux Agency Historic Site.