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Bids awarded for Nobles County projects

WORTHINGTON -- In the midst of year two of a three-year project to upgrade and improve the Nobles County Government Center facilities, Nobles County commissioners on Tuesday awarded a bid to Doom & Cuypers Construction Inc. of Marshall.

Steve Johnson, of Vetter-Johnson Architects, said the bulk of the work to be completed this year is mechanical, while restroom remodeling will also be done. Doom & Cuypers said they could finish the work by Feb. 1, 2014.

With the work estimated to cost approximately $1.5 million, Doom & Cuypers was the lowest bidder with a base bid of $984,734 and an alternate bid of $28,401 for additional work needed, bringing its total bid to $1,013,135. The bid was awarded with the alternate in a unanimous vote.

Other bidders were Sunkota Construction of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Wilcon Construction of St. James.

In other action, the board:

* Awarded the bid for the county's trail project along Crailsheim Drive and Oxford Street to Civil Ag Group of St. James. The lowest of the bids, Civil Ag Group will do the work for approximately $976,500.

"Our estimate was $951,326.25, so it's a little bit higher -- about 3 percent," said Nobles County Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder, adding that it's within the range he's comfortable with.

Construction is slated to begin in late July, if not earlier, with completion by early September.

* Approved leasing a portion of the former KidsPeace facility for New Beginnings, at a rental rate of $13 per square foot.

* Set 9:15 a.m. July 23 for an informational meeting with property owners regarding replacement of 2,500 feet of tile in the Judicial Ditch 11B system.

* Approved hourly contracts and a monthly contract, effective July 1, for child protection public defender services.

* Approved revisions to the county's personnel policy related to emergency closings.

* Appointed of Peg Faber and reappointed Kathy Craun to the Nobles County Library Board.

* Appointed Molly Getzel as the Hazardous Materials discipline representative on the Emergency Management Planning Advisory Committee.

* Approved the closure of Nobles County State Aid Highway 27 and Nobles County 73 in Rushmore for the Pride and Heritage Days celebration on July 13.

* Granted a one-day permit for the Lao Buddhist Temple to serve 3.2 beer on-sale for an event on Saturday. Approximately 150 people are expected to attend.

Daily Globe Reporter Julie Buntjer may be reached at 376-7330.

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at

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