Bids come in for new Advancement Services facility
By Kim Brooks
During the Jones County Board of Supervisors meeting on Dec. 11, bids were opened for the construction of a new facility for Advancement Services. Eight bids were received, ranging in total cost from $770,000 up to $950,000 and every price range in between.
With the lowest bid coming from Sheets Design Build in Maquoketa. Sheets also did the work inside the courthouse, remodeling the second floor courtroom area.
The construction budget is just over $890,000 for this project. The community block grant covers 59 percent of the project; Advancement Services has to cover 41 percent.
After assessing the bids, the Board decided to table any official action until Advancement Services and Gardner Architecture have time to look over the bids.
“We’re fortunate to have so many bidders on a project like this,” praised Supervisor Keith Dirks.
A pre-construction meeting will also be scheduled for some time in early January with the contractor, architect, Advancement Services staff and the Supervisors.
Wes Gibbs, county weed commissioner, met with the Board to present the 2012 report, which rates the noxious weeds throughout Jones County.
Of the primary and secondary noxious weeds in the county, only a few that have been found are known to be a problem: bull thistles, Canadian thistles, musk thistles and teasel. Weeds that are not known in Jones County include: Russian knapweed, red sorrel/sheep sorrel and shattercane.
Fifty percent of weed spraying is contracted out. For 2012, the total contract cost was around $22,000. In purchasing herbicides, Jones County spent $6,543.
Gibbs’ report also goes to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.
Mary Lou Erlacher with Workplace Learning Connection met with the Board to discuss the programs WLC offers schools here in Jones County. Through job shadows and internships, Erlacher said the two biggest outcomes were building awareness for local career opportunities and positively influencing decisions to live and work in Iowa.
In her report, Erlacher said each of the county boards of the supervisors is being asked to consider an increase in funding towards WLC. With increased numbers based on the 2010 Census and increased rates (4 cents to 5 cents per capita), Jones County is asked to consider a total investment of $1,032.
For the 2011-12 academic school year, 517 students in Jones County schools (all grades) took part in WLC events such as professional speakers, workplace tours and more. For area high schools, 134 students participated in job shadows; 12 high schoolers took on internships. Erlacher said 40 percent of those students are then asked to stay on with the business/company in some fashion after their internship ends.
In other county business:
• Deb Schultz, County Community Services, said she is working on setting up a board of supervisor meeting with all boards under the regional mental health group for some time in January.
• Derek Snead, county engineer, gave an update on the county engineer conference he attended in Des Moines. Some of the topics covered included: access permits for driveways/field entrances and cost of tiling.