Supervisors could approve bid for County Maintenance facility in December

The location of a potenial new maintenace facility is on E. Jackson Street. The land has been owned by the County for several years now.

Sigourney, Iowa- A longstanding project to build a new county maintenance facility could take a major step forward at a December meeting of the Keokuk County Supervisors. At the November 26 meeting, the board approved a resolution of the notice to bidders for the proposed Keokuk County Maintenance Facility. 

County Engineer Andy McGuire said that the proposed plans and specs would be available virtually to potential bidders by November 27. McGuire added that bids would be due by December 17, at 2 pm, with the bid letting to be held shortly after that deadline. The bids will then be presented to the Keokuk County Supervisors at their regular meeting on December 26. At that time, the board could approve a bid, or simply opt to take the bids under advisement.

Discussion on a new county maintenance facility has been ongoing since a study was completed in the early 2000s. The County currently owns land at 1301 E Jackson Street, which would be the location of the new county maintenance facility, if a bid is approved by the Supervisors. As reported in the September 26 edition of the News-Review, the County Highway Department seeks to consolidate all of their core services into one facility. Even if a new maintenance facility is built, the County still plans to keep open the existing sheds in outer lying communities, such as in Wellman and Thornburg.

For more on this story and others, catch the November 28 edition of the News-Review.