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July 6, 2020

6/23/2020 2:23:00 PM
Three weeks ahead of schedule at Law Enforcement Committee Meeting
The Law Enforcement Center committee learned, from Dave Vandewater of Kramer Brothers, that construction for the new law enforcement center is three weeks ahead of schedule. This information was presented at last Monday's committee meeting.
Vandewater explained that the plan was to start on June 8, however the concrete work began about three weeks prior, and 70% of the sheriff's department is poured and backfilled. Concrete walls are expected to arrive in the next couple weeks.
He stated the weather had a big role in that factor, along with no impact from the COVID-19 pandemic. He also informed the committee that Rule Construction is almost finished with the side grading.
Vandewater also informed the committee about Kramer Brothers COVID-19 policy. In March, there wasn't a policy because there wasn't much known about the coronavirus at the time. Hand sanitizers are throughout the entire work area, and every construction worker is required to wear a face mask during their time on the job site.
"We're very strict about that," Vandewater said. "We don't want to get caught in a situation where people are within six feet of someone who's exhibiting symptoms, whether they're positive or not. If a person is exhibiting symptoms, and they come into contact with key people, they're off for a while. So then we're losing talent from our job site. It's pretty strict but for good reason."
The Committee discussed what types of approvals would be needed for cost overruns or change orders. After County Board chair John Meyers pointed out having parameters and guidelines being important, the committee voted to give approval authority of $20,000 for the County Administrator or County Board Chair or Committee Chair Peterson, $50,000 for the Committee, and anything over that would go to the County Board.
Architect meetings are scheduled for the fourth Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. The Committee recommended Curt Peterson being the first representative, Steve Deal being the second representative, and Joan Davis being the third back up committee member attending the meetings.
Earlier in the meeting, Peterson was unanimously elected as the Committee Chair, Deal as the Vice Chair, and Davis as the Committee Secretary.
Vandewater also discussed the construction budget. In March it was reported that the budget was under the guaranteed maximum price by approximately $350,000. Another bid was expected to come in on March 24, and Vandewater felt confident that more money would be saved. At Monday's meeting it was reported that the budget was about $500,000 under the guaranteed maximum price.
"We are really happy about that," Vandewater said.
Vandewater also went over the subcontractor meeting schedule, with meetings being planned for two hours every other Wednesday. He also discussed a way to dispose of the spoils on the construction site by constructing a berm, along the Highway 18 side of the site. It would cost just over $31,000 to construct. Committee members voted to not build the berm along highway 18 and save the $31,000.
In other finance discussion, Finance Director Roxie Hamilton provided a bond sale update. She informed the committee that the bonds had a 1.93% composite interest rate for the sale. Initially the expectation was closer to 3%, which would have cost $3.3 million more in interest payments over the life of the loan. Hamilton went on informing the committee that in order to keep the debt levy flat, the County would need to borrow $1.3 million more in 2020.
Hamilton also gave factors as to why the interest rate was lower than expected. A big reason is that the county has a high fund balance in the general fund. She stated that COVID-19 also had a role in affecting interest rates.
"For the last three months interest rates have been up and down, up and down," Hamilton said. "We just hit it at a really good time."

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