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Goodhue County Board briefs

Board approves Public Health Building demolition

Goodhue County County Board voted 3-1 to demolish the Public Health Building, 512 W. Sixth St., while moving ahead with plans to repair the Government Center and build a maintenance garage between the Law Enforcement and Justice centers at a cost of $465,000.

The board discussed previously at a Committee of the Whole meeting that a new building would be close enough in price to renovating the vacated Public Health Building to warrant the demolition.

Commissioner Ted Seifert made a motion to table the vote until the board could discuss county finances, but his motion was not seconded.

"I think this is a good first step, but down the road I still have concerns about the new building," Commissioner Ron Allen said before the board approved the demolition.

Funding for the projects will come from 2005 Capital Plan dollars originally slated for renovations to the Public Health Building.

The board will discuss future renovation and construction plans for government buildings, including a proposed overhaul to the Citizens Building, 426 West Ave., June 18.

County extends Sentenced to Service contracts

The board voted unanimously to extend its contract with the state for the Sentenced to Service program for another two years.

"The increase in our costs are very nominal, not even 1 percent," Capt. Brian Coleman of the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office told commissioners.

Coleman presented a list of nearly two dozen projects completed by Sentenced to Service workers, and said the program has saved a "substantial" amount of taxpayer dollars over the past two years. Since implementing a user fee in 2011, the program has generated more than $48,000 in revenue for the county, according to an Adult Detention Center report.

"A number of folks take advantage of that program, and that's great," Commissioner Dan Rechtzigel said.

Construction contracts awarded

Contracts awarded for two road projects.

Schumacher Excavating out of Zumbrota was awarded a contract to build a culvert and do grading work as part of a bridge project on 100th Avenue in Leon Township. Its bid of $244,854 was more than 13 percent under budget.

Additionally, Doyle Connor Co. from Rochester was awarded a contract to do concrete paving on County Road 168 between Highway 60 and Trunk Highway 52. Its bid came in .9 percent under budget at $978,941.46.

Meeting watch

Tuesday's County Board meeting lasted 56 minutes. Commissioner Jim Bryant was not present.

-- Compiled by Michael Brun, staff writer

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