Low Bid For BV County Maintenance Garage Accepted

The Buena Vista County Supervisors Tuesday morning approved the low bid for construction of a new secondary road maintenance garage.

Five bids were received… ranging from 2.5 to 3.1-million dollars. The project was estimated at two-point-nine million. The Supervisors accepted the low bid of 2.6-million from H-and-R Construction of South Sioux City. The board also approved an alternate of 219-thousand dollars to expand the storage facility from nine to 12 bays. Supervisor Don Altena noted adding the extra three bays will cost more if they do it later.

The building will include an 80-by-122 foot shop with five service bays, and office space for the county engineer’s department. The structure will replace the current maintenance garage on Hudson Street in Storm Lake. Supervisor chair Dale Arends said the new building will get the county’s heavy equipment off city streets, and puts the secondary road department in one location, which will offer some efficiency.

Supervisor Paul Merten voted against the project… saving he’s never been in favor of it, calling it more of a wish than a need.

Arends said one-and-a-half million dollars is in the secondary road budget for the building, and the rest will be borrowed. He says they’re borrowing against future local option sales tax revenue, and it will be paid back as fast as they can, in the next two or three years.

The Hudson Street property will be sold, and it’s hoped the proceeds will cover the cost of new equipment and incidentals. County engineer Bret Wilkinson said he doesn’t have a time table for the construction, but suggested they would probably be moving into the new facility in December or January.