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County could seek construction bids for Northend services center in 60-90 days

August 08, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

Within 60 to 90 days the county should be ready to seek bids on constructing the Northend county services building in Brawley, according to Randy Rister, county property services manager.

The county Board of Supervisors was told Tuesday that final specifications for the building are being developed.

Rister said the facility's lighting, electrical system and air conditioning have been tested.

"The building criteria seems to be substantial in meeting out needs," Rister said. "It'll take us probably another 30 days, maybe 45 days, to complete plans and specs and be ready to go out to bid."

Rister said the county saved money by doing some of the demolition in the former Bank of American building, and that the project is on budget.

"The architect is estimating the project will come in close to budget," he said.

Besides space for county services, the two-story building will house two 1,500 square-foot courtrooms and sheriff's offices.

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In other business, the board:

· adopted additional retirement benefits for retired safety employees. The $4.9 million cost will be borne primarily by the county retirement board's interest reserve surplus, with any additional cost picked up by the safety members.

· formally adopted the new supervisorial district boundaries by doing the second reading of the ordinance.

· approved a resolution in support of a traffic signal and directional signs at the intersection of highways 111 and 86.

Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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