The action was taken after it was discovered the cheapest of 4 bidders on the job — Visions Group of Tea, South Dakota — misplaced a decimal issue, resulting in an below-calculation of close to $32,500. Visions Team submitted a bid of $104,800, though three other organizations submitted bids ranging from roughly $143,000 to $151,000. The bid method did not incorporate electrical expenses, which could end result in further county expenses of somewhere around $30,000.

Whilst there was a unanimous vote to reject all bids, a movement to rebid the undertaking passed on a 4-1 vote, with board chairman Justin Ahlers opposing the rebid procedure.

“Before we bid electrical and go out and rebid this, are we severe about spending this variety of income?” Ahlers questioned fellow commissioners. “I consider this was sticker shock for all of us. You toss an additional $30,000 (in electrical) at that I don’t know the place we want to go with this.”

Commissioner Bob Demuth Jr. explained renovation of that business office area is “long overdue,” and that there has been dialogue about it for numerous several years.


“I do not want to spend $180,000 proper now, but the license heart is an challenge,” extra Commissioner Donald Linssen. “It’s not heading to get any cheaper, I’m fearful.”

The proposed renovation work will involve security updates, handicap-obtainable counters and a reconfiguration of workspace.

Auditor-Treasurer Joyce Jacobs explained the engineered plans for the area “will get the job done very well for all a few departments.”

With COVID-19, Jacobs mentioned, “We require to shield ourselves, as effectively as our buyers coming in.”

“As a office head, I require to figure out what to do in my department,” Jacobs said, introducing that all present furniture will be reused in the renovated place.

Recorder Thelma Yager claimed the enhancements will assist her personnel do the job a lot more proficiently.

Commissioner Matt Widboom was crucial of producing advancements to one particular space of the constructing when there are other areas in will need of them as perfectly.

“Three decades in the past we experienced our 1st assembly to seem at this setting up,” Widboom explained. “We haven’t made a system to do nearly anything. I don’t like the notion of segmenting off and undertaking element of a undertaking.”

He also said it wasn’t reasonable to knowingly not address the issue in the Federal government Center’s next-flooring area.

County administration was directed to reject the bids and get the job done on a proposal for a new bid process.

In other action, the board:

  • Authorized the order of a new three-quarter-ton pickup, as effectively as a new store truck, for the community works department. The pickup has a net cost of $33,443, even though the shop truck’s web cost is $97,400, which would be funded from public operates reserves. In the meantime, the present assistance truck will be transferred to the creating routine maintenance section.

  • Authorised the acquire of a Kubota mower leased this 12 months from Jaycox Gear. The a person-12 months lease expense the county $2,000, and acquiring the unit will now expense $9,750. The mower will be bought with creating fund reserves.

  • Authorised a new roof-leading air conditioning process for the Prairie Justice Heart information space at a price of $32,248. This was not budgeted in the county’s capital advancement bond, so the resources will come from building fund reserves.

  • Accepted filling the following positions: a deputy sheriff thanks to the resignation of Sgt. Lonnie Roloff a amenities servicing technician due to a marketing an account technician for the Group Providers office thanks to a resignation and a registered nursing placement for Group Companies to fill a vacancy previously marketed as a Community Wellness Nurse.

  • Authorised shelling out up to $19,500 in county CARES Act cash to equip the general public health office with a Portacount machine to fit-exam people today to make certain they have the suitable dimension and type of N95 mask, fund a just one-time charge for mask use questionnaires, order portable sneeze guards to set up in local community products and services job interview rooms, and to prepare for local community vaccination events for both seasonal flu and COVID-19, once a vaccine becomes obtainable for the novel coronavirus.

  • Accepted Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water’s strategies to refund two prior standard obligation bonds, which will result in a cost savings of a lot more than $1.5 million. A sale date for the new bonds will be 10:30 a.m. Nov. 16.

  • Founded a $50 annual license fee for club on-sale retail liquor institutions. The price was designed as a end result of an application from Aaron and Kia Nystrom to function Nystrom Orchard Tasting Club at their Bigelow Township business enterprise. Commissioners authorized, on a 4-1 vote with Linssen opposed, a a person-12 months license for the tasting club. Linssen also opposed the $50 price, declaring there was not adequate info delivered to set a suitable payment for these varieties of institutions.

  • Licensed Jacobs to go after up to 4 doable selections to thoroughly staff the office with short term positions in the course of the election procedure.

  • Permitted a Joint Powers Arrangement in between Nobles County and the towns of Worthington and Lismore to administer the CARES Act fund distribution.

  • Moved to keep the county’s health and fitness insurance plan contribution for staff at $1,000 per month. Close to 170 county personnel are on the county’s insurance coverage prepare.

  • Permitted 3-calendar year snow removing service contracts with the towns of Wilmont and Lismore, as effectively as Leota Township.

  • Reappointed Francis Engels, Janice Moen and Brent Feikema to the Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water board of administrators.