WALKER -- Riley Brothers Construction of Morris presented the lowest of five bids ranging as high as $91,796.35 to install a bridge for Sylvan Township over Pillager Creek.
The Cass County Board voted Tuesday to accept Riley's $72,952.50 bid.
State township bridge funds will pay for the project.
County Engineer David Enblom said the county does not have enough money in that fund currently for the project, but, because other counties fail to use their full allotment, Cass can obtain additional state township bridge funds to complete the Sylvan project.
Not wanting to delay installation this fall of the connecting road between County State Aid Highway 2 and Barclay Avenue at the semaphore on Highway 371 in Pine River, the county board voted Tuesday to pay TDS Telecom $72,608 for its building and land adjacent to the new road.
Commissioner Glenn Witham voted against the purchase.
An independent right-of-way appraiser Enblom hired put the purchase price at $70,000.
Enblom said if the county did not buy the building, as well as land needed for road right-of-way, a court decision could put damages for TDS Telecom at a higher price than TDS' requested purchase price.
While the county does not need the building and land under it, right-of-way needed on adjacent land for the road would limit access to the building to the point TDS could not use it for purposes it built it, Enblom said.
Bill Stroot, TDS manager who attended Tuesday's meeting, said while his firm might consider accepting the county's $70,000 appraisal, it would delay the project from this fall into the 2002 construction season.
To offer the $72,608 purchase price, Stroot said he had to obtain approval from the TDS board, mortgage holders for their property and other agencies.
It would not be possible to put a new price for approval to all those boards and agencies and still complete the project this fall, he said.
The city of Pine River is scheduled to accept bids for constructing the road Tuesday.
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