Supervisors discuss road bids and hear about new childcare program

The Wright County Board of Supervisors met on a blustery Monday for their regular meeting. The board heard from various county officials during the meeting.

First, Wright County Engineer Adam Clemons appeared to present bids for 3 different projects. The first project is road resurfacing with milling for R33, from IA 3 north 8 miles to 140th Street. Clemons noted the original engineer’s estimate was approximately $1.96 million. The low bid came in at $1.99 million from Heartland Asphalt, Inc. The board approved that bid. The second project is a continuation of the first and will replace pavement on C20 and R35 from R33 east 2 miles then north 3 miles to the county line.

The estimate was approximately $1.54 million and the low bid, also from Heartland Asphalt, came in at $1.55 million. The board approved the bid. The potential start date on both projects is August. The final project is replacement of 3 box culverts in Norway Township.

The estimate for the project was $356,767 and the low bid came in at $377,350 from Progressive Structures out of Elkader. The board accepted that bid.

McKinley Bailey, Executive Director of Building Families, came before the board to give an update on potential childcare programs in the county. He noted that Building Families has been working on how to get more childcare options in Wright County, which is especially a concern with hundreds of new families potentially coming into the area with the Prestage plant.

Bailey reported that every childcare center in the county currently has a waiting list and efforts to start new centers have not been successful with costs that range from $2.5-4 million.

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