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Bids Awarded in Juniata Road Project

By Staff | Sep 18, 2015

During a special meeting Tuesday, the Pierce County Board of County Commissioners opened and awarded bids for the permanent alternate route in Juniata Township.

The board chose Pinky’s Aggregates, Inc., as the winning bid at $125,100.71. Ritterman Trucking was the low bid at $115,239.10, but the bid was rejected after a review from Jessica Tagestad, of Wold Engineering, and Pierce County States’ Attorney Galen Mack found irregularities.

The board also received a bid on the project from Gratech Company for $171,043.20.

The scope of work and materials on the project includes excavation, aggregate surfacing, placing of corrugated steel pipe and barbed wire fence. The project’s expected completion date is Nov. 14.

OTHER ROAD PROJECTS

The board approved a draft of FEMA’s environmental assessment for the alternate route project in Hillside Township, as well as posting an availability notice in the Pierce County Tribune and the Harvey Herald-Press. Tagestad informed the board that if the project cost is under $100,000, the county has to get three quotes instead of advertising a call for bids.

Tagestad informed the board that HB 1176 monies could be used toward milling and overlaying the Balta and Selz roads, and that SB 2103 monies could be used toward Golf Course Road repairs.

PRELIMINARY BUDGET

The board discussed the county’s 2016 preliminary budget. The county levied 94.24 mills for the 2016 budget. For the Heart of America Library, the county took the projected taxable value for the entire county and subtracted the city of Rugby’s taxable off. The county then levied for the library for the townships and rural cities. The board noted that dispatcher costs would make up 19 percent of the budget, as they would come out of the general fund due to changes made by SB 2144.

The board approved the preliminary budget and set a hearing during their regular meeting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

OTHER ACTIONS

The board approved a two-year lease renewal between the Heart of America Correctional & Treatment Center and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. From July 1 of this year until June 30, 2017, lease payments will be $295 quarterly.

The board approved a motion, with District 3 Commissioner Rick Larson voting no, to have the city of Rugby include $14,400 in rent fees for the Rugby Police Department in its budget. Auditor-Treasurer Karin Fursather said Rugby Mayor Arland Geiszler came to her office and stated a commissioner told him to take the $14,400 off the city’s amended preliminary budget.

The board approved the motion to have the city and county continue payments of $6,000 and $7,000, respectively, to the Heart of America Library Elevator Project until the $73,000 remaining on the project is paid off.

The board discussed a draft of a 20-step chart for dispatcher pay raises based on market shares from Galen Cariveau, Cariveau Workforce Services. The board said they’d like to see the format presented used for all departments.

(EDIT 9/22/15 – In the article “Bids Awarded in Juniata Road Project”, it was erroneously reported that the county did not levy for the Heart of America Library. The county took the projected taxable value for the entire county and subtracted the city of Rugby’s taxable off. The county then levied for the library for the townships and rural cities. The Tribune regrets the error.)

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