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EMS/Rural Fire Building hits another snag

EMS-Rural-FireEllis County LogoBy JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT
Hays Post

The Ellis County Commission voted to reject all bids the county received for both the construction of the EMS/Rural Fire Building and the remolding project at the Administrative Building at a special meeting Thursday afternoon.

The county received two bids to remodel the 718 Main St. building. The lowest base bid was from Commercial Builders for $944,000. County officials had estimated the cost of the remodel to be approximately $700,000.

“I’m having a hard time figuring out what we’re doing to that building to make it that high,” Ellis County Administrator Greg Sund said.

The county received six bids for the EMS/Rural Fire Building with the low bid of more than $3.9 million coming from Paul-Wertenberger Construction. Sund said the cost had been expected to be between $3.5 and $3.6 million.

Sund said the county will go back through the plans and find places to cut expenses. The project is already about two months behind, and Sund said this will put it behind at least another three months.

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  • bosco

    “I’m having a hard time figuring out what we’re doing to that building to make it that high,” Ellis County Administrator Greg Sund said.

    And I’m wondering why you guys need this building at all.

  • other shoe

    Probably need a better architect and a larger pool of bidders. Think “farm shop” not the Taj Mahal.

  • backhoe

    Maybe they could pull 400,000 out of the contingency fund? Ohhh wait they needed that to cover the budget shortfall.

  • ??

    What about our jail? Isn’t that what we voted for?

    • WeeTodd

      Not ALL of us voted for it!

  • turner

    Commerce Bank found a sucker on this deal. Prime property swap at 22nd and Vine and the taxpayers get stuck fixing up their old building at 8th & Vine. for what? so sund can have a new office? great thinking Commish.

  • Screwed again

    Don’t forget we paid $1.3 million for that white elephant & gave Commerce Bank the land at 22nd & Vine! These builders know taxpayers have deep pockets.

  • greggie suds

    Oh and what about the $100k the city is going to ask the county commish for to help with the jet sevice