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North Union delays events entry construction

August 1, 2014
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville News

ARMSTRONG - With concerns over construction during the school year, the North Union Board of Education Monday night delayed until next summer construction on an events entry on the south side of the Armstrong building.

Kingland Construction Services of Forest City had submitted a low bid of $290,000 - close to a bid of $275,000 the board had wanted. Kingland and two other companies submitting bids cited a Nov. 15, 2014 completion date. The other two bids were for $351,203 and $428,900.

Citing safety concerns, board member Jen Von Bank said the board should wait until next spring to do the project - and superintendent Matt Berninghaus said that would be his recommendation for later in the meeting. He said the project would get rid of the old vestibule and open up the area to provide better foot traffic flow.

When it came time to vote on whether to accept a bid or delay the project, Berninghaus recommended waiting a year - he said the money was there for construction.

"I don't think before school starts it's a good idea to tear it up," Von Bank said of starting construction now.

Board member George Walker said he knew Kingland did quality work, and Berninghaus noted the company was concerned about finding a mason for the project.

"It doesn't look good for the people here," said Walker, adding that students and teachers would have to put up with working around the construction.

Von Bank moved that construction be delayed for a year, with Walker seconding her motion, and the board approved.



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