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Dirt work contractor decided for bus barn project

Published: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 10:59 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 12:43 p.m. CDT

Creston School Board named a contractor for dirt work for the Creston School District bus barn project during a special meeting Wednesday.

The bus barn will be located in an empty lot north of the original site on the eastern side of the drive.

C and J Conservation of Creston, owned by Cody and John Waltersdorf, was recommended by Superintendent Steve McDermott, and the board voted unanimously for the company. Board member Ron Dunphy was absent.

C and J Conservation put in a bid of $192,680 for the dirt work of bus barn project, which includes excavation, sewer work and parking lot surfacing.

McDermott said work will begin on the site soon.

“I’d say within the next few days, actually. As soon as possible, actually, because of changing weather conditions,” said McDermott.

An engineer’s projected cost for dirt work at the site was $211,445, which is $18,765 more than C and J Conservation’s bid.

KM King Construction of Burlington also bid for the dirt work project at $276,593. The company’s bid was $65,148 more than the projected cost.

“Both were responsive bidders and had reputations for having done quality work,” McDermott said. “Both contractors had local ties to the community. It’s nice to see contractors with those ties interested in the project.”

Creston School Board will open bids for the steel building and doors Wednesday, as well as bids for initial concrete work.

The next package for companies to bid on will be the sprinkler system package. Plumbing and heating and cooling work will be done in-house.

“It’s just a matter of bringing these different pieces together, “ McDermott said. “We need to keep the momentum going. It’s been too long already.”

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