Board approves County 12 project
In what was a brief session for the Steele County Board of Commissioners on March 26, the board awarded a contract for the reconstruction efforts of CSAH 12.
“As you see, we received very favorable bids on the project,” County Engineer Greg Ilkka said of the matter. “We are recommending to award the contract to Mathiowetz Construction Company in the amount of $3,378,702.42.” Mathiowetz was the lowest bid.
The board was pleased with the amount of bid. “I’d like to add that that’s a really good deal,” Commissioner Rick Gnemi said. “That’s 16 and a half percent under, that’s really, really good.” The project has been in the Highway Capital Improvement plan for several years and was estimated to cost $4,046,688.30.
County Board Chair Greg Krueger noted that the cost is below that of the State-Aid funds. “It’s almost 9 percent under that,” he said of the bid as it relates to the State-Aid funds for the project, estimated at $3,700,000.
During the meeting, the board also approved a cooperative agreement with Rice County for pavement rehabilitation of CR 198 and authorized the chairman and county engineer to sign the agreement. “The project is about three miles on the county line with Rice County,” Ilkka explained.
According to Ilkka, the capital plan currently programmed the project at $325,000 while the engineer’s estimate determined that Steele County’s cost share would be around $482,859.28. “They’re opening bids next Thursday, and I anticipate their bids are probably going to be something under the $482,000 and probably something over the $325,000,” Ilkka said.
The board also awarded two contracts for the new Public Works Building. One for a fiberglass grate walkway, railings, and steps for a wash bay. The materials will be supplied by Ultra Fiberglass Systems at the cost of $13,669 while the contract for installation was awarded to AllTech Engineering at the cost of $6,280.
Another contract was awarded to LeRoy Signs for $22,445. This contract is for installation and materials for all interior and exterior signs and plaques. Bids are also being considered currently for furniture within the building. The building is nearing completion on budget and on schedule.
Next month’s first county board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9 at 5 p.m.