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County readies bid packages for next construction phase

BY Sarah smith

Hubbard County will start preparing bid packages for the second phase of its courthouse renovation project, but this time bids will be in two pieces.

Cities and counties will be exempt from paying sales tax after Jan. 1, 2014.

“It’s more complicated than doing the whole thing that way,” coordinator Debbie Thompson said. “Bids must be broken down into labor and materials and you could end up with one person supplying the labor and another doing the materials.”

The county must decide whether it can actually save by claiming the tax exemption or whether breaking down the bids will make the process more complicated than necessary.

“We want to take advantage of all the cost savings we can, of course, so we’re going to bid the stuff that we’re going to pay the sales tax on and then we’ll do a separate bid in December where they advertise them three times and award them in January to partake of the sales tax exemption.”

Offices have been shuffled around and board meetings now take place in the basement of the Law Enforcement Center.

The estimated $5.6 million project is anticipated to take almost two years to complete.

In other business, the board:

n Granted a Conditional Use Permit to Mark Bertrand, who is moving a gun repair shop to White Oak Township. The shop operates out of his home. At the same time the board tabled a request for a controlled access launch lot on Island Lake until all the legal questions have been satisfactorily answered. The site on a point of the lake is for Forest Estates, a small development.

n Agreed to combine the Board of Adjustment with the Planning Commission. It will be a five-member body starting in January 2014. Evening meetings are being considered.

n Adopted a resolution approving the advance of $1.72 million in County State Aide Highway Funds to cover projects through 2013.

n Adopted a resolution approving a $2 million request by MAHUBE-OTWA to the Department of Human Services for long term homeless services expansion.

n Authorized a personal safety and threat awareness seminar to be conducted in Hubbard County for locals and surrounding counties. Two sessions will be held Oct. 2.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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