CASS LAKE -- If Cass County proceeds with constructing an addition to the social services building this summer, Administrator Robert Yochum said the project could be complete by June 2001.
He told the county board Tuesday the next step will be to hold a public hearing before selling bonds to finance the project.
The county might save a $12,500 public bond sale cost for this project by selling these municipal bonds privately, he added.
A 40- by 80-foot, three-story addition is planned to enable moving public health services offices from the Walker clinic building two blocks away into the same building as human services.
Those two county agencies were merged under one director a few years ago.
Health services would occupy one floor of the addition, according to conceptual drawings Yochum presented Tuesday. Human services would expand into another floor.
The third floor could house offices moved from the current courthouse, Yochum said, or could be reserved for future health and human services expansion.
Construction is estimated to cost about $1,100,000, according to Yochum's report. Architectural and bond sale fees, testing, surveying and Walker zoning permits are expected to run about $100,000.
Another $100,000 is included for furnishing the addition, with $50,000 allocated for contingencies and $175,000 for parking lot expansion and development.
Total bond proceeds to cover these costs will be $1,525,00.
Yochum also reported Kuepers Construction has evaluated changes the county would have to make to adapt the former Hope Lutheran Church building to county offices use.
Many recommended changes involve making the building handicapped accessible, Yochum reported. These include adding handicapped stalls in bathrooms, changing entrance door controls and widening the entrance vestibule.
The county would need to improve insulation when the building is re-roofed. One more outside entrance would have to be added. Tempered glass would be required for some windows.
More fresh air would need to be circulated in the air handling system, the report states. More light fixtures and wider stairways would be needed.
Yochum said the county committee is still evaluating estimated benefits and rough costs comparisons between remodeling the Hope building and demolishing it for added parking space.
In the meantime, he said, early negotiations have begun to see whether it would be feasible to buy a house adjacent to Hope for more county parking space.
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