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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • Human Services building moving

  • Watonwan County Human Services will be moving from their current building into Marian Hall beginning in about three weeks. Watonwan County is hopeful they can have the job completed by the end of President’s Day weekend. They have been given permission to use the building for $3,000 per month while renovations are taking place.
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  • Watonwan County Human Services will be moving from their current building into Marian Hall beginning in about three weeks. Watonwan County is hopeful they can have the job completed by the end of President’s Day weekend. They have been given permission to use the building for $3,000 per month while renovations are taking place.
    A special session was held Tuesday, Jan. 29 to accept bids for the moving process.
    In the process of moving, the Human Services department chose a phone provider. They received bids from Christiansen Communication and Century Link. Christiansen Communication’s bid was cheaper by about $2,000 at $25,488. The Watonwan County Board decided unanimously to accept Christiansen Communication’s bid.
    In the past, the Human Services Building has been serviced by Century Link, but the County has been considering a move to a different provider for the past two years. With the change, the Human Services department will no longer be charged the long distance rate for phone calls to Madelia.
    The Watonwan County Board also decided to accept a bid for 35 cubicles at $600 a piece. After shipping and tax the total for the cubicles will be about $24,194. Chris Glass, the producer of the cubicles is willing to purchase the cubicles back at $250 a piece. In total the cubicles will cost $15,444 with about 20 percent federal reimbursing.
    The cubicles are simple box cubicles that will be put up temporarily in Marian Hall.
    Movers will cost the County $240 per hour, that was the decision of the county commissioners. This is based on the assumption that they will need six people to move. The have accepted the bid by Fitzgerald Movers at $240 per hour.
    “Fitzgerald moved our original and they did outstanding,” said Director Rich Collins.
    All of the paperwork in the Human Resources Building will fit into 300 boxes, which still need to be purchased. The board decided the decision could be made by the Human Services Department to accept the bid which will most efficiently make use of taxpayer dollars.
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