County awards bids for correctional facility, vehicles

Hunter Herbaugh
Thursday, April 8, 2021
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The Dawson County Commissioners discussed bids for the Dawson Community Airport terminal, although the contract has not been awarded yet as bids came in higher than expected.

The Dawson County Commissioners went over bids for three separate projects during their meeting on Tuesday, awarding two contracts while holding onto the third while they wait for more information. The contracts included projects at the Dawson County Correctional Facility and the Dawson Community Airport, as well as a contract for new vehicles for the county’s road department.

The first awarded contract went to Kubl Group, a Fort Collins, Colo. based company, for the project to renovate the DCCF’s electronic controls. Kubl’s base bid for the project came to a total of $195,250. Accounting for additional cameras and intercoms, Kubl’s total bid comes to $308,890.

Renovating and upgrading the DCCF’s controls is the first in a few different planned projects at the facility. It is being funded with money appropriated by the 2019 state legislature for infrastructure projects across the state.

DCCF Warden Tom Green noted he is looking forward to getting this project done, though he doesn’t know when Kubl will actually be able to start as they are also currently working on a couple other contracts in different places. Once they do begin, Green estimates it will take about 18 months to finish the upgrades as they’ll have to be done in sections so that the facility is able to stay secured while they work.

“Depending on their schedule, if we’re fortunate enough to get started late this summer or early fall, it’s probably an 18 month turn around. They have to do it in stages, we still have to operate the facility, still have to keep it secure,” Green said.

The second awarded contract was to American Ford to provide two pick-up trucks to the county. The price of the trucks came to $33,091 based on the prices of two 2021 models. However, commissioner Dennis Zander noted that the trucks the county will actually be receiving will be 2022 models, so the final price might end up being slightly higher.

“This price was for 2021’s, and the 2022’s they figured could be potentially a couple hundred dollars more,” he said.

The vehicles will have to be delivered to the county, as they are not on Ford’s lot at this time. County clerk and recorder Shirley Kreiman noted that if the vehicles do not arrive prior to June 30, the cost of them will have to be factored into next fiscal year’s budget.

The final contract discussed by the commissioners was for the airport terminal building project at the community airport. The contract was not officially awarded, as both of the bids received came in higher than anticipated, meaning additional funding will have to be secured before it can be awarded.

However, KLJ engineer Craig Canfield, who has been consulting on the project for the county, has recommended awarding the contract to Corlund Construction, a Sidney based company, once additional funding has been secured from the Federal Aviation Administration, which he is confident will happen. Of the two companies that placed bids, Corlund’s was the lowest at a base bid of $1,813,660 for construction of the new building alone. Corlund also placed bids for construction of the new parking lot and demolition of the existing terminal building, bringing their total base bid to $2,336,361.73.

Zander noted that they have 60 days from the opening of the bids to either award the contract or start the bidding process again. Based on his calculations, that would put the final deadline to make a decision in May. The commissioners, overall, voted that they were in agreement with Canfield’s recommendation to award the contract once additional FAA funding has been secured.

The next meeting of the Dawson County commissioners is scheduled for April 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the Dawson County Courthouse.

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