Construction companies ask commissioners for jail project

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Bourbon County Commissioners spent most of their day Tuesday hearing sales pitches from three companies vying for the construction manager at risk contract for the $6.8 million jail project.

Responding to the county's request for qualifications were Crossland Construction of Columbus; Universal Construction of Lenexa; and Loyd Builders of Ottawa.

Commissioners spent an hour with representatives from each company, hearing the firms' presentations and also asking questions: the companies' approach for pre-construction services; what effort will be made to solicit and utilize local subcontractors, vendors and suppliers; will the companies bid on specific aspects of the project; how will the companies establish and control budget and constructibility issues during the design phase; what are the companies' quality and safety control processes; do the companies offer added value; what are the companies' construction scheduling procedures and allowance for bad weather days; and what are the companies' preferred method of payment?

Kevin Rost, senior project manager from Goldberg Group Architects PC (GGA)of St. Joseph, Mo., and Bourbon County Sheriff Bill Martin also participated in the interviews.

Following the presentations, commissioners discussed the merits of each firm, but will not make a decision until Aug. 11.

Actual details on the project won't be known until a site is located. Commissioners have had several executive sessions with County Attorney Justin Meeks to discuss land acquisition. On July 21, Rost said groundbreaking most likely won't take place until spring.

Other business

* Commissioners also met with Public Works Director Jim Harris, who asked for $398,460.79 in sales tax revenue recently received for the first six months of the year be transferred to the road and bridge fund.

"We budgeted $600,000 sales tax for this road and bridge and this is part of it," Harris said.

During the first half of the year, sales tax revenue for the county has been down by about $100,000. Harris said it is "still down a little."

"After this we'll all sit down and meet and count our dollars for asphalt, see what we can do, what we can't do," Harris said. "I think we're OK, but it's still early."

The county has planned to resurface six miles of hard-surface roads this year, but is hoping to do more if the money is available.

Harris said ditch work is being done at 267th Street in the southeastern portion of the county and also at 245th Street near Jayhawk and Indian roads.

A crew milled the asphalt on the bridge north of Redfield. The milling machine will then be relocated to Arrowhead Road, where Bourbon and Crawford counties are partnering to make road repairs. Harris said according to the agreement, Crawford County will provide the rock for the project.