E911 tower to go up next
According to John Hansen of Midwest Construction Consultants, the new Buena Vista County law enforcement center - including the county jail and sheriff's department - is nearing completion under budget despite some concerns about the amount of manpower on the site.
"One thing I do is to make sure to treat the money you give me as my own," Hansen told the Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning. "We try to get the most out of the dollar."
Hansen said there are still some details to pay for.
"One of the final contracts has been the landscaping," Hansen said. "Right now we are going to do some basic stuff for the opening and if there is a desire to add more then it can be added at a later date."
Supervisor Lorna Burnside asked Hansen if the contractors are on time for project.
"They are not where I would like them to be," Hansen said. "I don't have a problem with the plumbing, masonry, electrical, heating and A/C, my concern is with the general contractors. Right now they only have three painters and they won't be able to paint everything as needed. I'm going to talk to them about it today at our meeting."
Hansen added that if the crews weren't brought up to the size he felt were acceptable, he would hire some painters himself and back-charge the contractors.
Hansen reported that site construction leader John Bixler was injured during an accident at home and will not be able to be on the site for a few more days.
"John was at home and slipped down some stairs and broke a few ribs and was banged up so I'm going to be running the site till he is able to come back," Hansen said.
Hansen hopes to be able get the tower for E911 communications up as soon as the contractors' trailers are moved out out of the way.
"When the trailers are moved, more rock will be added to the property behind us to replace what has been taken out by use," Hansen said.
According to Hansen, he will be approaching the city to see if there will still be a need to plant trees behind the tail.
"It's a safety concern not only for the jail but the property behind us," Hansen explained. "There will be some areas that people will be able hide and could vandalise the properties."
Hansen will wait until the property is graded before taking a picture to show the City of Storm Lake.