step closer to annex
to break ground August 22
Wanda English Burnett
County Commissioners awarded the bids for the annex project
on Monday, August 8 at their regular meeting.
The General Contractor will be Bruns-Gutzwiller, Inc., of Batesville
with a base bid of $4,653,000.00. This bid includes a metal roof
rather than shingles.
The Mechanical Contractor will be Koch Mechanical Inc. of North
Vernon with a bid of $1,152,600.00.
Glenwood Electric, Inc. of Walton, KY, was awarded the electrical
contract with a base bid of $792,888.00.
Dalmatian Fire, Inc., Mason, OH, was awarded the Fire Protection
Contract with a base bid of $101,400.00.
And, finally, Temperature Controls went to Open Controls Systems
of Indianapolis for $200,787.00.
The recommendation for the bids came from LWC, Inc. A letter presented
at the August 8 meeting read in part, We have reviewed the
bids for requirements and have conducted post-bid interviews with
each of the contractors...everything appears to be in order and
it is our recommendation to enter into contracts for construction
with the low bid contractors.
Commissioner Mark Busching made the motion to accept the bids
with Gary Stutler giving the second. Robert Reiners voted in agreement
with the other two commissioners for a unanimous vote on the bid
project for the annex building project in Versailles.
Auditor Bill Wagner noted that the fiscal responsibility of previous
and present local government officials have made it possible for
the project to be built without raising property taxes for home
and business owners in Ripley County.
For the past few years office holders have held tight budgets,
kept their operating expenses low and have only taken a small
percentage raise. Its about balancing the budget,
Plans and drawings of the project in its entirety can be viewed
on the first floor of the courthouse in the lobby. The plans could
change somewhat throughout the project contingent on variables
as they proceed, but they are pretty true to what the end result
will be, according to Auditor Bill Wagner.
A ground breaking ceremony will take place August 22 at 10:00
a.m. at the annex site located on the north side of the courthouse
on the square in Versailles. The projected date for the completion
of the project is mid August, 2012.