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By Dan Reed
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

County Board hires construction manager for Barnum garage


December 19, 2019

Carlton County Board of Commissioners approved another step toward the County Garage upgrades in Barnum by hiring a construction manager for the project at their regular meeting on December 3. McGoff, experienced in the regional construction projects over the years, was chosen to oversee the project.

County Coordinator Dennis Genereau pointed out, “ It would be irresponsible on our part not to have a construction manager to avoid possible problems.”

Out of a possible $10 million architectural estimate for the garage, $8 million is the actual construction cost of the facility. The rest of the project cost will be construction management, architect fees, and over runs. The construction manager portion is estimated to be $398,178 and cannot exceed that amount.

The project plans call for a remodeling of the current garage and an addition to handle the County’s large equipment. During this current winter of heavy snowfalls the County crews must attach their plowing attachments outside because there is currently no room in the existing facility. An unsafe work area in the Barnum garage yard is a big concern.

In other County Board meeting news:

Sheriff Kelly Lake announced that body cams are being considered for the Sheriff’s staff out in the field. $77,000 has been set aside for this costly project which is scheduled for the 2020 budget year. The sheriff stated that there will be a public hearing and the creation of a public policy before the body cams will be used.

North Country RIDE based out of Thomson Township was approved for an additional $15,000 loan to upgrade their arena. This program uses horses for therapeutic activities for the disabled, challenged and at risk clients taught by certified instructors. The facility has over $300,000 in assets and an excellent repayment of their current County Economic Development loan. All combined loans from the EDA will be paid back in 7 years.


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