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Supervisors Consider Facade Grant Project

By Staff | May 30, 2012

Sprucing up the facade on an existing county building was among the matters discussed during the May 22 meeting of the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors.

“What would you like to do on our building that houses the Engineer’s office?” asked Palo Alto County Auditor Carmen Moser, referring to the “old white bank” building that currently houses the office of the Palo Alto County Engineer and St. Pat’s Headquarters.

“They got the grant?” asked Keith Wirtz, board chairman.

“It sounds like it,” Moser answered.

“I think we need to do something with the windows,” suggested Supervisor Ron Graettinger.

Wirtz agreed.

“One of you guys need to step up and do it or, otherwise, I will have to,” said Moser.

Wirtz noted that the windows were in desperate need of replacement on the front of the building.

“We need to know specifically what we’re going to repair and get a cost estimate on the labor. I talked to Steve Heldt yesterday and they’re to the point of getting an engineer hired to come in and make recommendations,” Moser explained. “It’s a federal grant so I’m sure there are pages and pages of things you have to do.”

“So, when it’s all said and done it’s probably going to cost us more than if we just put in the windows ourselves,” said Graettinger.

Moser said it was a possibility, but she didn’t know.

“If we want in or not, I’ve got to let Steve Heldt know,” said Moser. “Either, one of you have to step up or I’ll do it.”

Graettinger asked if Moser wanted to take on that responsibility.

“I will, but I have to know what you want to do,” Moser said. “Do you want to replace the front windows? What kind of windows do you want?”

“So, if we don’t participate in the money, we can fix them any way we want?” asked Wirtz.

“But isn’t the reason we gave them the money was to fix the windows?” Supervisor Ed Noonan reminded the board.

Supervisor Jerry Hofstad agreed, “It’s the only reason we gave them the money.”

Graettinger asked how much was given.

“It was $10,000,” Moser answered.

“Then I think we better look at getting something out of it,” said Graettinger.

“Tell them ‘we’re in’ and have someone look at it,” said Noonan.

Wirtz inquired if the county needs to have a contractor look at the project.

“Yes,” said Moser. “Do you want to do any windows on the side? Because you could go back as far as the St. Pat’s store is on the side.”

The Supervisors were in agreement.

Graettinger noted, “You need to do the ones on the side at the same time.”

Noonan asked if the county was going to have to match 25-percent of the project.

“Yes, you’re going to have to do the matching,” answered Moser.

“Then let’s do it,” said Noonan, bringing the matter to a close.