Mandan News

Community Center construction bids approved

By Brian L. Gray

The Mandan School Board has moved forward with the bids for construction to renovate the Mandan Community Center.

The total price for the four separate bids came in at $2.28 million. Al Fitterer, of Fitterer Architects, said the bidding was a successful process. “The total bids came just 10 percent under the estimates,” he said.

The bids for the Community Center were awarded to: mechanical, Northern Plains of Bismarck, for $515,092; general contractor, Capital City Construction of Bismarck, for $927,500; asbestos abatement, Total Control Inc. of Dickinson, for $38,880; electrical, Electric Systems of Bismarck, for $268,156; and fire protection system, NOVA Fire Protection of Fargo, for $43,815.

Construction has already begun at the Community Center, and will continue throughout this year. It is expected to be completed by the 2011 fall school year.

In the meantime, a few key summer construction projects are underway at Mandan’s public schools. At Lewis & Clark Elementary, the school’s tunnels are leaking water. A sump pump and waterproofing will have to be added to the tunnels, which is expected to run about $65,000.

And more water issues are occurring at the high school, where an electrical conduit connecting to the automotive department has a break in it, causing leaking. Fitterer told the board installing overhead wiring instead of underground wiring would resolve this issue, which may cost anywhere from $15,000 to $25,000.

Funding for these projects, Business Manager Joe Lukach said, would come from stimulus money.

The board also decided to return the $50,000 check submitted during the request for qualifications process of the former junior high. The school district is seeking a future owner of the facility, and received two inquiries in response to the RFQ. One was from Community Works, and the other was from an individual, Erling Haugland, who also submitted the check.

The sale of the junior high has moved into the next step, the request for proposals, and during this time the school district has been holding onto the check. Superintendent Wilfred Volesky said after meeting with the school and city attorney, it was in their opinion that the check be returned before the school district makes a final decision.

“City Attorney (Malcolm) Brown said accepting the check would be an acceptance of a purchase, that it would be deemed a contract by the way Haugland worded his letter. So his advice was to not keep the check,” Volesky said.

The board also reorganized for the 2010-11 year. Kirsten Baesler was renamed the president of the board, while member Donna Fishbeck was renamed the vice president of the board.