Fergus County to build new shop in Winifred

By: 
Deb Hill
News-Argus Managing Editor

One of the old Winifred shop buildings will be replaced this spring with new construction.
Photo courtesy of Fergus County

Looks like Fergus County’s Road Department is getting a new shop in Winifred, the result of a bid process culminated last Wednesday at the commissioner’s meeting.
Two bids were received to replace the aging shop buildings just outside the town of Winfred. Garth French with WWC Engineering oversaw the bid opening. The bid from Diamond Construction was for a total of $349,500 while the bid from Clausen and Sons of Havre was for a total of $224,192.
The commissioners approved the lower bid from Clausen and Sons, pending review by French, who will make sure the bid matches the specifications for the project.
Once the project is built, county workers will have an improved facility for storing equipment, according to Road and Bridge Supervisor John Anderson. Anderson said the lot the county owns, where the Winifred shop buildings are located now, is pretty small.
“By the time we expand the building, it would be all the way to the lot line,” Anderson said, indicating the county may look at purchase of an additional piece of property or may look at leasing a property.
In either case, construction is scheduled to start in April and finish in June of 2018, according to Commission Presiding Officer Carl Seilstad.

In other business
At the same meeting the commissioners approved the December claims, amounting to $180,970.29. The majority of the claims, a total of $101,821.39, were for the Road Department.
The commissioners also announced several openings in county departments, including openings in the treasurer’s department, fairgrounds, nurse’s office, maintenance and grounds and finance.
The next meeting of the Fergus County commissioners will be held Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 at 2 p.m. in the commissioners’ office on the second floor of the court house.
 

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