By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT
The EMS/Rural Fire building project continues to move forward after the Ellis County Commission voted to award the bid for construction to Commercial Builders of Hays.
At Monday evening’s meeting, commissioners voted to accept the base bid for $3.48 million with an alternate for extra insulation for $32,800, bringing the total project cost to $3.52 million.
Last month, the commission received five bids, with Commercial Builders submitting the lowest bid.
Commissioners previously rejected the first round of bids late last year because they all came in over the $3.5 million estimated cost.
County Administrator Greg Sund said the contract still has to be finalized but, once that is done and signed by commissioners, Commercial Builders will have a year to complete the project at 22nd Street and General Hays Road.
The commission also tabled a decision on temporary office space for courthouse and Law Enforcement Center staff until next week’s meeting in an effort to get more information.
• The commission also approved a change order on the Old U.S. 40 reconstruction project, reducing the project cost by $92,659.
• Approved a radio maintenance agreement with Motorola for $26,955.
• Commissioner Swede Holmgren was absent.