Pavilion won’t be 100% done

Some areas will wait until the fair is over

    At its May 31 meeting, the Phillips County Board of Commissioners gave several updates on the pavilion being constructed at the fairgrounds. Everything necessary for the upcoming fair should still be ready by its July 24 start, but commissioners noted several items that have been pushed back to be finished after the fair.
    Bids from various contractors for a number of aspects of construction were opened. Marvin Einspahr Construction was awarded a $197,000 contract for carpentry work. Fetzer Electric’s bid of $169,450 for electrical work was also accepted.
    A bid to do concrete work by Skarco for $144,817.88 was accepted. The board received one other bid for concrete work from Rojo Construction at $102,094. It was disqualified because there was not bid security attached.
    Tom’s Plumbing was awarded a $69,900 contract for plumbing. The board received one other bid from Precision Plumbing at $78,600.
    With all four contractors expected to begin work soon, the following items should be finished by fair time:
    — Electrical outlets for livestock pens.
    — Most of the lights needed for fair.
    — Water hydrants serving the livestock pens.
    — Concrete around all doors, bleachers and rooms.
    Also expected before fair is delivery of cattle ties, horse stalls, show ring and alley, and the arena. They will be purchased from Maverick Steel at a cost of $77,339. Hog and sheep pens costing $41,808 from Central Plains Equipment should also be delivered and set up in time for the fair.
    Aspects of the pavilion that are now expected to be finished after the fair is over include the meeting room, bathrooms and kitchen/concessions area.
    
Wet monitoring well required at landfill
    Landfill manager Bill Andrews and County Administrator Randy Schafer recently met with personnel from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. There they learned that the state is requiring all small landfills to put wet monitoring wells in place.  The legislature has approved payment for the costs.
    Phillips County has had dry monitoring wells since the landfill was developed, but state representatives picked specific sites for locating the new wet monitoring wells. The final drilling will include three sites. Drilling is scheduled to take place sometime between July and September and will be completed by a vendor selected by the State.
    
Board to meet with Omimex
    Commissioners received a complaint recently from Matt Newman and Naomi Newman. They were concerned about odor and noise issues coming from Omimex’s Smoky Hill Compressor Station on the south edge of the county.
    As the site is operated under a conditional use permit from Phillips County, commissioners will meet with Omimex to see what can be done to resolve the issues.
    
Subdivision exemptions approved
    Last month, the board approved two subdivision exemptions. Approximately 5.53 acres in the SE1/4 of Section 11, T6N, R44W was sold by Bieber Farms to Chris W. Bieber. The land is located about 9 1/2 miles southeast of Holyoke.
    A second subdivision exemption was approved for 1 mile west of Paoli. Chris Mattson sold approximately 30 acres in the SW1/4 of Section 34, T8N, R46W to Reed Jablonski.
    
Other business
    In other business throughout the month of May, commissioners:
    — Approved hiring Wyatt Bishop as a deputy and Donnie Carrick as a part-time office worker in the Sheriff’s Office.
    — Met with McKensie Harris, the CSU Extension livestock agent for Phillips, Washington, Kit Carson, Yuma and Sedgwick counties. She is based in Wray.
    — Approved the purchase of a 14-foot-by-83-foot deck trailer from PJ Trailers for the weed and pest department as well as the maintenance department.
    — Approved a fuel contract with CHS Grainland for 30,000 gallons of diesel at $2.20 per gallon, to be delivered from May 7 though Sept. 30 for the road and bridge department.

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