|Courthouse parking lot paving bids opened|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Friday, 20 May 2016 18:29|
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
Chase County Commissioners Dave Hogsett, Chuck Vette and Don Weiss, Jr. met May 10. At the top of the agenda was opening the bids for the repaving of the northwest courthouse parking lot. Hegwood Concrete submitted the low bid for the project.
Hegwood’s winning bid was $104,136.70. Also submitting bids were C and S Construction, $119,845.50, and Imperial Contracting, $148,062.23. Hegwood Concrete would add $4,392 to replace the curbs along the north and west sides.
Commissioners anticipate the project happening over a 90-day span this summer.
The county will lease two tractors, one with a loader, from 21st Century at a cost of $13.25 per hour with 300 hours guaranteed over nine months.
Commissioners also approved purchasing a pallet fork for $1,400.
Possible county building on fairgrounds
Voicing concerns about the current Health and Human Services and county extension agency buildings, commissioners remain open to building a new (HHS) and county extension office building on the south east corner of the fairgrounds.
Highway superintendent and engineer Jeff Tidyman was on hand at the opening of the parking lot bids and remained at the meeting to show the commissioners plans for the new building.
Tidyman brought several different layouts with him. Each showed separated areas for HHS and the extension offices.
Tidyman had talked to members of each agency to find out needs, especially with HHS needing specific private areas.
Additional offices for rent are included in the plans, which currently show a 65 by 65-foot building. Tidyman gave a rough estimate of $350,000, plus an additional $10,000 for furnishings.
Currently, HHS does not have air conditioning and, as the buildings continue to age, maintenance is becoming more of a worry.
Hogsett has said he’d rather see the county spend its money by paying off a building and renting out offices than continuing to pay rent.
After reviewing the ambulance budget, an immediate increase in pay was approved for EMS members taking part in patient transfers. Pay increased from 65 cents per mile to 80 cents. The flat fee of $15 increased to $18.
Commissioners reviewed the county’s road equipment and discussed bidding for a new truck.
The county is currently paying off two road graders and will begin paying for the new trash trailer when it arrives.
It was decided to bid for two to three trucks and make the decision about making a purchase after reviewing the bids. Bids will be opened June 14.
At some point, bids will also be sent out for a belly dump trailer.
Sally Vaughn with Region II Services gave the agency’s annual report. As of April 1, 178 people with developmental disabilities across 17 counties in Southwest Nebraska are making use of the program, six of which are from Chase County.
Area agencies are located in North Platte, McCook, Ogallala and Cozad and receive state, federal, county and local funds. Chase County contributed $3,454 during the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The 17 counties totaled $174,434, less than two percent of the agency’s revenue over the same period. Nearly 85 percent of 2015-2016 revenue, $10,222,337, came from state funds.
County deputy attorney Rory Roundtree’s contract for the upcoming Tax Equalization and Review Commission hearings was approved.
The next meeting of the board of Commissioners will be Tuesday, May 24 at 8 a.m. MT/9 a.m. CT in the courthouse.