The controversial Washington County Public Works North Shop renovation project is in the spot light. The initial budget was $17.5 million, approved in December 2014. Costs rose to over $20.5 million in February and came down the next month to what is a price tag of $19.7 million as of the Spring of 2015. This article is a running update on the project with posts on our Facebook page to notify you of updates in this article that was first posted in March (also posted below updates here).
June 23rd: (passed 5-0)
They forgot to include "general conditions" in the planning contract for the Public Works North Shop Construction Management services contract with Kraus-Anderson Construction. The oversight collectively nearly doubling the contract cost eats another $595,050 from the contingency fund.
On July 14th
It wasn't in the approved budget or plans... Hold on to your wallets tax payers the County is discussing putting in a Solar Garden at the Public Works North Shop... Judging by the lack of solar gardens (locally) outside Government, rest assured these are a bad idea wrapped with good intentions and big price tags. No cost estimates yet. Stay tuned.
On July 21st
For some reason we got a massive $22,000,000 dollars from the State to take over just 8.3 miles of road from MNDOT. Instead of putting the money into road projects the public works department recommends spending most the funds on the Public Works North Shop.
Not sure why we're getting that much money when the State is increasing County State Aid for the added mileage too.
Putting all this money into the North Shop instead of directly into roads may not make sense when our County Pavement Condition Index is an all time low as of the most recent rating: