GRANITE?FALLS?- The Yellow Medicine County Board approved a purchase agreement with Fagen Carolina Buildings, LLC at its regular meeting on Tuesday.
The county contracted to buy the old Fagen Engineering building at 180 8th Avenue in Granite Falls for $450,000.
According to County Administrator Ryan Krosch, the Finance Administration Department and Property and Public Relations Services will be relocated to the property. The county board room will also relocate after some remodeling. Part of the county courthouse will also be remodeled for offices for the county attorney, Restorative Justice program and meeting rooms.
"I would estimate we'll be into the former Fagen building next spring," Krosch said. "There'll be no outside construction with either project so we can go right through winter."
Krosch said he would be contacting architectural firms for construction estimates.
In other action, the board approved a preliminary levy for 2013, with a 6.25 percent increase over 2012. After the preliminary levy is approved, the commissioners can lower the levy at their discretion but cannot raise it.
According to Michelle May, county finance manager, the preliminary budget set at last meeting estimates $16.7 million in revenue and $16.9 million in expenses in 2013, with the difference made up from reserve funds.
The board briefly went into recess and reconvened as the Yellow Medicine/Lyon counties Judicial Ditch 24 Joint Drainage Authority, with representatives from Lyon County.
The board convened to accept a bid for construction of a lateral tile line in Lyon County at the north end of Cottonwood Lake near the golf course. The line will be entirely within Lyon County but will drain into JD 24, which runs through both counties.
The ditch authority voted to accept the low bid from Barker Excavating LLC based in Hanley Falls for $124,000. The highest bid of six submitted was almost twice as much at $213,000.
The authority also voted to require outlet fees and administrative costs must be paid before construction begins.