Bids Opened for County Highway Shop Building

By Dan Bechtold, Editor

Bids were opened for a proposed highway shop at the March 13 meeting of the Tripp County Commissioners.

Four bids were received and representatives from the companies attended the bid opening.

The base bids include: Summit Construction, Platte, $1,856,000; Puetz Inc., Mitchell, $1,799,000; Sharpe Inc., Ft. Pierre, $1,858,000 and First Dakota Enterprises, Ft. Pierre, $2,070,000.

Each company bid several add ons such as shop cooling, infloor tubing and compressors.

The commissioners tabled all the bids.

Also attending the meeting was Loren Schaeffer of Brosz Engineer.

Janiece Weber, the new director of equalization, told the commissioners she will be sending out improvement forms so persons can list additions to farms or new additions to buildings in town.

Weber received permission to attend a conference in Rapid City May 22-25.

Laura Kahler, 4-H advisor, told the board persons have been selected for the summer assistant.

Brooke Schroeder was hired at 480 hours for the summer and Sydney Peters for 80 hours. Commissioner Chip Schroeder abstained from voting as Brooke Schroeder is his daughter.

Permission was given to purchase a new gator for the Tripp County ambulance service. Paul Schueth of the ambulance service said TransCanada has given a $5,000 grant toward the purchase of a new gator.

Kathie Cole, co-ambulance director, said the new ambulance has arrived and it was on display outside the courthouse.

The next meeting of the commissioners will be March 27 at 10 a.m.

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