Douglas County Board meeting recapDouglas County commissioners took care of business today, Tuesday, during their regularly scheduled board meeting. On their to-do list: the jail, public works, Lakes Area Recreation and more.
By: Mike Enright, Alexandria Echo Press
Douglas County commissioners took care of business today, Tuesday, during their regularly scheduled board meeting.
Here are some of the highlights.
TOP STORY: Commissioners have scheduled bidding dates for construction of the county’s state-mandated new jail, set to be built at the current public works department site on 3rd Avenue West.
The county is set to open up the project for contractor bids at 2 p.m., March 10, in the commissioner boardroom, located on the second floor of the Douglas County Courthouse.
Commissioners plan to award bid-winners at a special board meeting a week later on March 17.
In other action, the board:
– Declined to require performance bonds for bid pack-ages on parts of the jail construction that are less than $75,000.
The move is likely to encourage higher turnout among local contractors.
– Signed off on the purchase of a new $76,457.41 tandem snowplow truck.
– Approved the plat for the county’s new $6.8 million public works building, currently under construction and located south of the Douglas County Fairgrounds.
– Set the 2009 rent for the Lakes Area Recreation athletic center, located Douglas County Services Center at 720 Fillmore Street in Alexandria.
The LAR will pay the amount this year as it did in 2008.
NEXT MEETING: February 24.
Want to know more? Look for a full story update on the jail project online and in Friday’s print edition of the Echo Press.