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Further action toward obtaining a new county communications center came Tuesday when the supervisors approved a management services contract with Carl A. Nelson and Associates.
The contract is for pre-construction services that will involve assisting with all aspects leading to the actual project. The fee is a $15,000 maximum.
Supervisor Jack Seward said the committee spent nearly three hours reviewing the contract Monday and as a result, recommended hiring the Nelson firm. He noted that the session saw “all aspects of the agreement addressed.”
Nick Liston, Nelson’s project manager, was at Monday’s meeting and at the Tuesday supervisors meeting.
County Attorney John Gish, who reviewed the construct, noted, “We are okay with the contract,” noting that Tuesday’s action was to “formalize the agreement.”
To date, plans are for a new communications building to house the new, state-of-the-art state-mandated communications system.
It is likely the building will be on county-owned land at Orchard Hill. Earlier this year the board approved up to $10.5 million for the equipment. Recent quotes indicate the figure may be much lower.
Total estimate for the building is $2 million, and the county is seeking $1.5 million in Washington County Riverboat Foundation (WCRF) grants to help with costs. The board also has discussed a possible referendum vote.
In other business, the board:
• Acknowledged the $25 donation to the county K-9 Unit from Delbert and Deanna Estates of Crawfordsville. The couple expressed appreciation for the unit’s service.
• Acknowledged receipt of the treasurer’s quarterly report that he called “unremarkable” in that it barrels the one of last year for the same period. Revenue was $1,995,060, down some $2,000 from the previous quarter.
• Acknowledged receipt of the auditor’s quarterly report where it was noted, “You can tell what time of year it is by the plat book sales.” They were $120. Auditor Dan Widmer said, “there was not a lot of variation” from the previous quarter.