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Commission awards bid for construction





The Ellis County Commission met Monday and awarded a bid for the construction of the EMS/rural fire building.

With Commissioner Swede Holmgren unable to attend due to medical issues, the $3.4 million base proposal from Commercial Builders Inc. was accepted. An additional $32,800 project was approved for insulation.

In other business:

* A decision was not made on a temporary office for courthouse and Law Enforcement Center staff. The employees will be displaced during courthouse renovations.

The Hadley Center on Seventh and the former Hays Pathology Laboratory on 13th are the options. The center offered a $199,800 one-year lease, and the owners of the former medical facility have not offered a definitive figure because the extent of necessary renovations is undetermined.

* The wage benefit study for county employees is underway, said Greg Sund, Ellis County administrator.

* Construction on Old U.S. Highway 40 was $92,659 cheaper than expected because asphalt patching was not needed under the base layer due to the concrete's condition, said Mike Graf, Ellis County director of public works.

Graf said there were two bids for the purchase of a landfill compactor. The options are being evaluated.

Mike King, Kansas Department of Transportation secretary, will visit the county July 14 to 15 to discuss various projects.

* The radio maintenance agreement with Motorola was renewed.

* Commissioners voted to renew the WIC grant agreement.

* A license was secured for overflow parking at EnerSys during the Ellis County Fair.

* Two executive sessions took place to discuss union employees' health plans and issues related to non-elected county employees. No actions were taken.