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County awards bid for road project

By Staff | Apr 21, 2017

In a special meeting Tuesday morning, the Pierce County Board of County Commissioners picked a bid for a road project that was lower than the engineer’s estimate.

The road project consists of a hot bituminous overlay and seal coat from U.S. Highway 2 west of Rugby on CMC road 3521, then north and east totaling two miles.

Out of five bidders for the project, Fargo-based Border States Paving was the lowest, with a bid of $468,914.53. The bid is over $129,000 less than the engineer’s original estimate. The second-lowest, with a difference of just over $3,000, was Knife River Materials, of Bemidji, Minn., whose bid was $471,937.90.

Bituminous Paving, Inc., of Ortonville, Minn., was the highest bidder on the project at $722,784.25. Strata Corporation, of Grand Forks, was the second-highest at $546,366.80.

Other actions

– The board approved a motion to declare an emergency declaration due to the conditions of rural roads in-county. From March 26 to April 6, excessive snowmelt led to poor driving conditions and road washouts, which in turn led to road closures. Last week, an executive order signed by Gov. Doug Burgum declared a state of emergency for eight counties in the northern part of the state: Pierce, McHenry, Bottineau, Rolette, Renville, Towner, Pembina and Cavalier.

– The board discussed the courthouse heating system. County Auditor-Treasurer Karin Fursather informed the board that the county was awarded a $100,000 grant from the N.D. Department of Commerce. The board approved both the grant and a motion to hire architecture firm EAPC to get a bid proposal for replacing the courthouse’s heating system.

– The board approved issuing corrected deeds for the west 75 feet of Outlot 12 in Selz.

– The board approved a games of chance permit for the Rugby Lions Club.

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