IVANHOE - The Lincoln County Board awarded a contract for air conditioning Tuesday to a Marshall firm at the recommendation of County Maintenance Supervisor Craig Larson.
The $10,700 contract was given to Bisbee Plumbing and Heating to install air conditioning in the ARMER emergency radio system room at the county jail after Larson invited the firm to submit a quote.
Larson explained to the commissioners that the ARMER radio equipment is sensitive to heat and needs to be kept at a constant temperature, according to the manufacturer.
In other business, the commissioners voted unanimously to accept two grants from the Commissioner of Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
The board accepted a yearly emergency management grant of $29,000 for emergency management operations. The board also voted to accept an emergency siren grant of $92,000 for sirens in the city of Arco, the city of Tyler, Anderson Park and Stoney Point Park. The siren grant is contingent on a 25 percent cost share, or $19,000 the county is responsible for.
The board put off a project to build a little more than a mile of gravel walking and biking trail in Hole in the Mountain Park by Lake Benton, possibly until next fall after the bidding process went awry. Out of three bids submitted, one by Rupp Construction Company of Slayton was delivered by mistake to the county highway department. By the time it was delivered to the board, it was late by about five minutes.
Another bid by Ronglien and Sons Excavating Inc. out of Big Stone City, S.D., was submitted in time but came without the mandatory 5 percent bid bond.
The one valid bid received by the board by Duininck Bros Inc. of Willmar for $180,000 was nearly twice the engineering estimate of $91,000.
"I think I would find it hard to recommend approval," said County Engineer Lee Amundson.
The commissioners briefly discussed another call for bids, but the consensus was that the mandatory publication period would delay the project into the winter. County Attorney Glen Petersen informed the commissioners that under Minnesota law, the county could ask two or more contractors to submit quotes and go into direct negotiations if the amount of the project was less than $100,000.
Amundson also informed the board that Minnesota Highway 19 through Ivanhoe would be blocked starting Thursday for three weeks because of replacement of a water main near the intersection of Lincoln County Road 5. Traffic will be directed onto a slight detour through Ivanhoe.
Amundson took the opportunity to introduce the commissioners to new Engineering Technician I Joe Miller. Miller is a graduate of South Dakota State University.