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Stark County Commission approves courthouse renovation contract

The Stark County Commission unanimously voted to accept a construction contract Friday for a $6.47 million renovation of the county courthouse. The contract forged between the county and South Dakota-based firm Scull Construction, which has a Dic...

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The Stark County courthouse, (Press File Photo)

The Stark County Commission unanimously voted to accept a construction contract Friday for a $6.47 million renovation of the county courthouse.

The contract forged between the county and South Dakota-based firm Scull Construction, which has a Dickinson office and was approved pending review from Stark County State's Attorney Tom Henning, outlined the guaranteed maximum price and a completion date of July 3, 2017. The total sum for the project is split between construction costs of $5.6 million and soft costs of nearly $870,000.

Commissioner Ken Zander, chair of the board's building committee, said the building group had met with Scull Construction representatives on Monday to discuss questions that had lingered after the county commission's last meeting.

"We came to a conclusion that there were some changes," Zander said of that meeting. "We tweaked a few things ... moved money to different contingencies."

Scull representative Mike Jangula explained the contingency process to the commission and said the overall guaranteed maximum price has not changed. The project's two contingency funds, one for the owners and one for the constructors, represent pools of additional funds to cover items not addressed in the contracted costs.

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If extenuating circumstances required a draw-down of the funds, Jangula said, Scull would meet with the county and request clearance for the contingency dollars to be used. If no such circumstances present themselves, the funds would be returned to the county upon completion of the project.

Jangula described the contingency funds as "kind of the same" as soft cost dollars, which cover auxiliary tasks related to construction, but follow "different parameters for how they can be used."

Sales tax numbers aren't included in the maximum price, he said.

Zander described that lack of sales tax information as "not a project killer," but said that seeking it out was a matter of conducting due diligence.

Henning said the commission's acceptance of the contract will "get construction moving," but that the guaranteed maximum price still "sort of remains in flux" given the matter of the contingency funds.

Zander said construction activity should begin within the next 10 days.

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