YMC approves roof replacement for county building

GRANITE?FALLS?- The Yellow Medicine County Board heard some unwelcome news at its regular meeting on Tuesday.

According to Earl Fuechtmann, vice-president of the Contegrity Group construction management firm that the board hired last November to manage the remodeling of the Fagen Building, the roof leaks.

The county purchased the Fagen building last October for $450,000. The county plans to remodel the building and relocate the board meeting room, Finance Administration Department and Property and Public Relations Services to the new building and relocate the county attorney’s and Restorative Justice program offices to county courthouse.

On Dec. 14, a leak was noticed during a rainstorm. Then on Jan. 11 during a heavy rain, water ran in the building, said Commissioner Gary Johnson.

Feuchtmann presented the commissioners with four different plans for fixing the roof, from fixing limited areas of rooftop to removing and replacing the entire roof, at an estimated cost of $56,000.

After some grumbling and expressions of regret the county had not hired a building inspector to look at the building before buying it, the commissioners agreed that replacing the whole roof at once would be cheaper than doing piecemeal repairs over a number of years. The board agreed by consensus to allow Contegrity to put the roof repair into the remodeling project and let it out for competitive bids.

“If we’d known about this back then, we could have gotten it a lot cheaper,” Johnson said.

In other business, the board voted to make the county 4-H program coordinator position full time pending approval by the University of Minnesota. The coordinator’s position is currently an 80 percent part-time position funded by the county, but the coordinator is technically a U of M employee. The position is currently vacant.

At the request of Loren Hacker, Canby School superintendent, the commissioners agreed to sponsor and serve as fiscal agent for a Minnesota Department of Transportation Safe Route to School grant of $209,000. The money will be used for 10-foot wide shared use paths, with spur paths to Canby Elementary School, bike racks and crosswalk improvement.

The board received an inquiry from the Clarkfield Charter School concerning a $5,000 grant the county made to the Canby Connection to help fund before and after school programs. Clarkfield Charter School asked if its after school program would be eligible for county grants. The board directed County Attorney Keith Helgeson to research the law to determine if the Clarkfield school program qualifies as an eligible youth program.

At the request of County Engineer Andy Sanders, the board authorized the purchase of a Ford C-35 flatbed truck for $27,000.