Codington County

After considerable discussion the Codington County Commissioners approved the bid of Argo Excavating to help reduce the water level on a pond located on a county highway at the northwest edge of Medicine Lake, South of Florence. 

The bid specs called for excavation, fabric, rip rap and installation of a new culvert.  Of interest was the wide swing in construction bids to do the project.  The low bid came in at $14,184.  The highest bid was $150,000.

Two other bidders submitted proposals in the $60,000 range. The low bid raised some red flags for the commissioners who were surprised by the wide disparity in bids.  Before approving the low bid the commissioners asked County Highway Superintendent Rick Hartley to make contact with Argo Excavating to determine if all the bid specs were being met in the bid.  The bid award was postponed at Tuesday's meeting until that was done. 

Hartley did return later in the meeting telling the commissioners that the low bidder was well aware of what the specs were for the project and could meet them.  In not the next lowest bid could be accepted. 

The motion was made by Commissioner Troy VanDusen and seconded by Commissioner Brenda Hanten to accept the low bid.  County Auditor Cindy Brugman.....

The vote was unanimous to award the bid in the amount of $14,183.70 to Argo Excavating of Watertown. 

In other county news, Codington County Veteran's Service Officer Al Janzen say the new VA Health clinic will be opening this Thursday on 19th Street in Watertown with a public open house that begins at 10AM...