Library addition work to begin in two weeks

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Accepting a second bid for the A.H. Library addition construction project was one of the final acts of Mayor Kyle Jensen, as he and Councilman Rick Godkin bid good-bye to their city service.

Before the new council was sworn in, the bids for the library project were approved on the recommendation of the A. H. Brown Library Board and A.H. Brown Library Foundation and the project architects.

This is the second time the bids were let and approved, but because wording of the bids did not meet required standards for funding sources, they were re-word and let a second time.

The bid of $771,651 from Lieberman Construction of Fort Pierre was accepted with all alternatives included in the bid.
Lora Schultz of the Library Foundation said after the meeting it should take about two weeks to get the project plans set and groundbreaking should take place before the end of May. She said the project should be completed by late October or early November.

The groundbreaking will end the 11-year effort to build a new addition to the library through fundraising and other financial sources. Last year the volunteers thought they had succeeded in securing funding for the entire project only to find out the State of South Dakota did not award the grant/loan option for the project.

That option was funded in the 2011 round of applications.

The addition to the library and the railroad crossing project, both of which have taken more than 10 years to get underway, will both be completed in 2012.

New council
Before Jensen and Godkin left the table, Jensen addressed those attending the meeting and the members of the council.
“It has been a pleasure serving the City of Mobridge and working with this council and the people of Mobridge,” Jensen said as he adjourned the old business meeting.

He had served the city for six years as a councilman and seven years as mayor. Godkin has been a councilman for Ward III for six years.

When the council reconvened, Jamie Dietterle was sworn in as the new mayor and Randy Carlson took the oath as councilman for Ward III.

Rose Henderson was approved as a replacement for Dietterle in Ward I and will finish out his term in that seat.

Dietterle thanked the men for their service to the community saying “they dedicated their lives to the City of Mobridge.”
The council then approved Dietterle’s recommendation that Gene Cox be appointed as president of the council and Amy Cerney serve as vice-president.

The council also approved Mobridge Police Captain Justin Jungwirth as interim police chief as of Monday, May 7, until a new chief can be hired.

They also approved hiring former chief Mike Nehls to serve as an officer for 19 hours a week at $22 per hour. Nehls will fill in for officer Al Bohle, who is recovering from surgery following a work-related injury.

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