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Beltrami County Board: Commissioners award bids for jail security, construction

The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners awarded a series of technology and infrasture awards during Tuesday's regular meeting.

In the dedication to life and safety, the commissioners voted unanimously to upgrade the Beltrami County Jail electronic security systems on a $177,530 base bid From Stanley Security Solutions Inc. of Noblesville, Ind., for removing the old security controls except for cameras and video visitation stations and adding touch screens for jailers and a management computer system for the administrator to control door locks, utilities and lighting. In addition to the base bid, the commissioners agreed to add an alternate by replacing the current intercom system with a new digital intercom for an additional $123,775 from Stanley. The total bid of $301,305 is $21,305 over the original $280,000 estimate.

The other bidder, Wiebolt Electric of Bemidji, submitted an offer of $313,594 for the base bid and digital intercom alternate.

Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp said there have been suicide attempts at the jail that were prevented by jailers being able to call for help via the intercom. However, the current system has feedback and other problems.

"The central mission of our jail is to have our inmates in an environment where it is safe," Hodapp said. "As far as our liability goes, this is our highest exposure as a county. We want to protect these people, protect their lives."

County facilities manager Steve Shadrick said the new system will be designed to accommodate addition features in the future including an integrated camera upgrade, integrating the elevators into the touch screens and improving video visitation technology.

Building renovation

The commissioners also voted unanimously to accept a bid of $538,900 from Donlar Construction Co. of Waite Park, Minn., for renovation, reroofing and demolition of the county highway building. Donlar is the company currently renovating the Bemidji Regional Airport and a dorm at Bemidji State University. Christianson Construction Co. of Bemidji submitted a bid of $578,247 for the renovation without the roof replacement.

The project bids also include asbestos abatement at $14,750 by Mavo Systems Inc. of Proctor, Minn. The cost of relocating staff members so they can continue functioning during the renovation is $2,200. The total costs came to $555,859, $32,322 under the estimate.

Road construction

Also under estimate are the bids for renovation of 3.7 miles of County Road 33 (Mission Road) and 3.1 miles of Beltrami County Road 48/Hubbard County Road 3 (County Line Road.)

The estimate for the Mission Road project was $2,069,959. Mark Sand & Gravel Co. bid $2,037,692 on the Mission Road project, 1.56 percent under the estimate.

The Beltrami County portion of the County Line Road project, which is shared with Hubbard County, was estimated at $1,308,544. The bid from Midwest Contracting LLC came in at $919,081, 29.76 percent under estimate.

The commissioners voted unanimously to approve these bids, as well.

Assessor's tool

The commissioners voted 3-1, with Commissioner Jim Lucachick voting no and Commissioner Jim Heltzer absent, to approve the purchase of an Apex drawing tool for the assessor's office. Assessor Duane Ebbinghausen said the current software system is 12-15 years old and inefficient. The purchase will have no budget impact this year because the funds will come from a salary budgeted for an employee who retired. However, in 2012 and subsequent years, the department will have to add an annual support fee of $1,600.