By Kim Brooks, Express Editor
During the Jones County Board of Supervisors meeting on Sept. 18, Mike Tucker with Gardner Architecture met with the Board to approve plans and set a bid letting date for the Advancement Services building project. They received funding through a Community Development Block Grant.
The new 5,600 square foot facility will be located near the existing building. Tucker showed the Board detailed floor plans for the exterior and interior of the new building. He said he worked a lot with Cindy Hanken, director of Advancement Services, on developing the plans to fit their growing needs. Tucker said there would be a classroom-type area, a meeting/conference room, multiple entrances, a therapy area and more.
“This looks very well thought out,” commented Supervisor Keith Dirks.
The Board will open bids on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 11 a.m. Tucker said he is looking to set a pre-bid meeting a week before the bids are due to allow contractors the option to look at the site and ask any questions. He hopes to award the contract in late October and start construction in early November. As far as a completion date, Tucker advised he would let the contractor set the date.
“We’ve had good luck with this process,” said Tucker. “It’s more flexible for the contractor and it could end up being ahead of schedule.” He would hope to have the facility completed by next summer, depending on the winter season.
The final cost estimate on this project is around $1 million.
“It’s a needed building,” said Supervisor Leo Cook. “They need the room to grow.”
A public hearing will be held before bids are received. Plans will be made available as well.
Teri Keleher and Shelley Cahalan with St. Luke’s Visiting Nurses Association met with Board to offer updates on public health activities and emergency preparedness.
“VNA sees people for a variety of services,” said Cahalan.
The Board approved a contract renewal for county public health services.
“It’s a good service,” said Supervisor Cook.
Keleher said since 9/11, there have been issues to work on concerning public health. She has been working with Brenda Leonard, Emergency Management coordinator, and Jones Regional Medical Center on community preparedness in case of emergency.
“We’ve formed a coalition and identified groups in the community to help with public health emergencies,” said Keleher. “We have to have a plan in place and all work together.”
In other county business:
• The Board received a letter from Heritage Agency on Aging concerning the stolen laptop from the Monticello site. The letter outlined measures that needed to be taken concerning the issue. Deb Schultz, County Community Services, informed the Board that everything was handled as directed.
• The Board approved a contract for JETS with TMS Management Group to broker and coordinate non-emergency medical transportation services for eligible Medicaid participants. Kathy Koerperich, JETS manager, said Medicaid trips have to go through a brokerage.
• The Board approved to issue a request for proposals for preparation of a multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan. They will open bids on Tuesday, Oct. 16.