County accepts lone bid for new courthouse fire alarm

The fire alarm will be replaced soon at the Marshall County Courthouse, bringing the system up to the current fire code.

The Board of Supervisors approved the bid of $106,740 from Van Maanen Electric of Newton for the replacement of the fire alarm.

The county reached out to several contractors, but this was the lone bid received for the project, and it was opened at Tuesday’s meeting. It appears the age of the courthouse had something to do with the lack of bids.

“There just wasn’t very much interest in this project, (because) the building is difficult for access for running conduit,” said Matt Jahnke of Blue Stone Engineering of Johnston, who is helping the county with the project.

Since Van Maanen’s was the only bid, the supervisors wanted to be assured that it was a bid that will meet the needs of the project at the right cost.

“It’s feasible to do it with this amount,” Jahnke said.

The 12-week fire alarm replacement project is expected to start soon.

In other discussion, Todd Kelley, director of buildings and grounds, said a motor has broke in the courthouse clock tower resulting in the clock being off on the time. He is looking into the cost to rebuild the motor in the clock to get it back on track.

The supervisors also set a public hearing for the 2013-14 county budget for 9 a.m. Feb 26.