County gets going on $4 million maintenance/office buildings work |

County gets going on $4 million maintenance/office buildings work

Garfield County’s road and bridge department is set to get two new maintenance and office buildings at the county airport near Rifle.

The county commissioners Monday awarded a $2.5 million bid for design and construction to CMC Group Inc., a Denver construction firm.

Building construction is set to start in June or July with completion occurring in November, said county engineer Randy Withee.

The project includes a 20,500-square-foot maintenance building priced at $1.4 million and a 11,250-square-foot storage and office building at $888,836.

Also included in the project cost is $1.1 million to install utilities and construct an access road into the site.

The county has budgeted $4 million for the entire construction job. The remaining $329,649 will go into a contingency fund to cover unexpected costs.

Commissioner Larry McCown balked at spending $1.1 million to build a road to the new buildings from Airport Road.

He also took issue with a proposal by the county engineer to build the access road into the county road and bridge site from Airport Road, through property that is slated for future private commercial development.

Developer Bob Howard has plans to develop property he owns adjacent to the airport.

McCown objected to heavy equipment going past what may be office buildings. He suggested Hunter Mesa Road be used to access the county buildings. Hunter Mesa Road is about 50 feet west of the airport entrance road and runs north to south.

“I object to the $1.1 million unless you can put the road in someplace else,” he said, calling the price tag “not cheap.”

Commissioner Walt Stowe suggested the board go along with county road and bridge supervisor Tom Russell’s road and utility proposal, and that Hunter Mesa Road could be improved in the future by the county road and bridge department.

Russell argued that building an access road from Airport Road and running utilities alongside it was the cheapest way to go.

McCown and Russell also debated adding additional equipment for the maintenance building. Russell wants to add two floor hoists at a cost of $133,000. They would allow two mechanics to work on two vehicles at a time.

“I’m trying to build in some efficiency so the people aren’t waiting around to do their jobs,” Russell said.

Again, McCown objected to that additional expense. The commissioners did not reach consensus on the new equipment.

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