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Bob Van Putten, president of Landmark Design Group, told Barry County Commissioners Tuesday that he is finishing the design phase of the County Courthouse renovations of the  ground level, second floor, circuit courtroom and jury room.

 

Van Putten asked commissioners to approve Beckering Construction as project manager of the courthouse project, based on the company’s managing of the former library building improvements, budget and schedule.

 

“That has gone very well…we’re happy with their work,” Van Putten said.

He said Beckering would help with additional tasks, including the bidding package, bid opening and evaluating subcontractors and would assume all sub contracts and provide the county with a single, overall contract and an umbrella bond to cover all subs.

 

The total $306,962 cost listed in an August 17  letter from Van

Putten to commissioners with the recommendation, includes $47,575 for project management by Beckering. The drawings will be ready for bidding by general contractors by the end of September, he said.

 

All of the commissioners but one voted to recommend approval of the hiring by the full board. The exception was Commissioner Jim Dull, who said, “I can’t imagine why anyone would move ahead with this…I think is it asinine…” He said $50,000 was too much to pay for a construction manager, “others will come forward,” he said, adding that he  was not impressed with the work on the community building. “They missed a window, the architects or manager should have caught that. I’m just not impressed.” //

 

In other business, the committee of the whole recommended approval of a request from Office of Community Corrections Administrator Dawn Karfonta to resubmit the department's grant application to the state with updated figures. Because of budget cuts and fewer enrollments, the GED program will be discontinued on Oct. 1.

 

The Cognitive Behavior Group will take the program over and pay for eligible offenders who participate. The state Office of Community Corrections recommended eliminating the program; it is expected to approve the amended application, Karfonta said.

 

 

 

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