When County Commissioners Bill Kennedy and John Ostlund go to Washington DC next month to attend the National Association of Counties conference, they will take with them to present to Montana’s Congressional Delegation a list of capital projects in Yellowstone County that would benefit from stimulus funds or general appropriations.
The list itemizes almost $10 million in projects which could be ready to go within six months.
“Shovel ready projects” on the list include a $600,000 smoke damper project at the Yellowstone County Detention Facility; a roof replacement for the County Courthouse, at $500,000; a $100,000 HVAC Control System and a $50,000 lighting retrofit for the Detention Facility.
Projects which would be ready to bid in three months or less include a $200,000 HVAC project for the Sheriff’s Building; $520,000 to demolish the eight (old jail) of the courthouse to make room for two additional district judges, and $100,000 to caulk the north side windows of the Courthouse. Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery, Phase II, could use $1,500,000 for completion and Metra Park has five potential projects -- $1,500,000 to resurface and stripe asphalt parking lots; $500,000 exterior ADA ramps, 4250,000 for a surveillance system; $1 million for a maintenance shop and equipment; and $400,000 for an HVAC control system and air handler replacements.
Commissioners changed the date of their meeting of Tuesday, March 10, to Friday, March 13, because two of the commissioners, Ostlund and Kennedy will be attending the National Association of Counties (NACO) conference in Washington DC. Ostlund, as second vice president of the Montana Association of Counties, serves on the NACO Transportation Committee, and Kennedy serves on the NACO Rural Action Caucus.
Ready for the next fiscal year could be a project to replace boilers with more energy efficient boilers and hot water system, estimated at $300,000 at the Detention Facility; and $2 million to replace the old horse barns at Metra Park.
Total of the projects capable of being advanced in six months is $9,620,000.
And – on a wish list – if there’s still money to spare - -the list adds on $15 million to build an addition to the Courthouse and parking garage.
Commissioners changed the regular date of their Tuesday, March 10 meeting, to Friday, March 13, because of their anticipated absence to attend NACO. Ostlund, as second vice president of the Montana Association of Counties, serves on the NACO Transportation Committee, and Kennedy serves on the NACO Rural Action Caucus.
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