BENTON - Scott County commissioners have accepted the low bid of $112,206 for exterior restoration on the courthouse.
Commissioners reviewed and signed the contract with Karr Tuckpointing of Vinton, Iowa, during their regular meeting Tuesday.
The only other bid for the project was from Mid-Continental Restoration Co. of Fort Scott, Kan., for $139,200.
An option included in the Karr bid to seal the bricks for an additional $13,788 was rejected by commissioners. "They used to do that," said Presiding Commissioner Martin Priggel. "On this building they recommend not to do it."
The bid does include painting and sealing terra cotta trim and exposed concrete on the courthouse.
Awarding the bid before the company was tied up with schools and other clients was important, according to Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn, to ensure the project is finished before the courthouse has to endure another winter. He said this should also address the moisture seeping into the law library and other rooms at the courthouse.
The project is slated for completion by the end of the year.
Commissioners also discussed finding grant money to help the county replace the 120 courthouse windows. "That's one of our priorities we gave to our county developer," said Commissioner Jamie Burger.
Priggel said new windows will improve the building's energy efficiency in addition to making it look nicer.
In other county business:
* County Clerk Rita Milam advised commissioners the county needs to seek bids for insurance again this year.
The insurance, which is presently through The St. Paul insurance company, is for buildings, equipment and law enforcement liability.
Last time the insurance was bid in 2003 there were two or three bidders, Milam recalled. The one-year contract included the option to renew for a second year.
The bid opening was set for July 28. The current policy expires Aug. 11.
Milam said she doesn't know if MoPERM has expanded its coverage options for these types of insurance but commissioners are scheduling a meeting with a MoPERM representative and can check into it then.
MoPERM is a shared-risk pool for Missouri public entities.