By MATTHEW KENWRIGHT
The Ellis County Commission will meet 5 p.m. Monday in the Ellis county Courthouse and consider final authorization of a contract for renovations to the courthouse and law enforcement center.
MW Builders Inc. has submitted a $7.1 million contract for the work. The project won't start until a notice to proceed is issued by county officials. The approval is expected by mid-November because fiber optic cables need to be installed.
In other business:
* There are two bids to replace the southern one-third of the roof on the new administration building at 718 Main. High Plains Roofing Inc. has proposed a $70,475 plan and Roofmasters Roofing & Sheet Metal Co. Inc. submitted a $87,500 bid.
The meeting's agenda noted $130,990 is in the capital improvement reserve fund, and the project reflects the importance of maintaining the account.
* The county appraiser has proposed a $240 fee for online access to the county's sales data. It is not determined if the fee would extend to individuals or offices.
* The Ellis County Public Works director will present bids from three firms for the bi-annual bridge inspection. Kaw Valley Engineers ($21,8400), BG Consultants ($19,136), and Kirkham Michael ($20,488) submitted bids.
* Commissioners will consider design changes to the Emergency Services Building project that are projected to cost $4,719. The adjustments stem from a different insulation system and a shortage of steel with the plan's original color.
* Eagle Communications will suggest three options for laying data lines in the former N.E.W building. The ideas range from one to three fiber lines, and the preferred option for two is $5,800 for installation and $1,900 per month.
The meeting is open to the public. Access to the courthouse is restricted to the south entryway.