Briefs: Roof work at Washington County jail could reach $480,000

  • Updated: June 14, 2014 - 8:33 PM

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Replacing the roof at the Washington County jail in Stillwater will cost nearly a half-million dollars, according to an engineer’s estimate.

The County Board has approved spending as much as $480,000 to replace the 22-year-old original roof, and bids will be solicited in late July or early August. The roof, about 33,000 square feet, is separate from the newer roof on the attached Law Enforcement Center.

Greg Wood, the manager in charge of the county’s buildings, told commissioners recently that the project is urgent because the roof had leaked, causing about $100,000 in damage to sensitive Sheriff’s Office communications equipment in the nearby 911 center.

Commissioners didn’t challenge the cost during their weekly meeting, but Wood said later that the project is more expensive because a crane will be needed to lift materials.

The work involves removing the existing roof and replacing it with layers of insulation, fiberboard and a thick rubber membrane that should last 15 to 20 years, Wood said.

Roof replacement was scheduled for 2015, but “years of exposure to the sun” have hastened the work, Wood said.

Commissioners voted 5-0 to proceed with the work. Wood will return to the County Board with bids.

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Board awards roadwork contract

Motorists traveling past Stillwater prison in Bayport can expect to deal with traffic cones and detours later this summer.

The County Board has awarded a $2.5 million contract to North Pine Aggregate, lowest of five bidders, for road improvements in the area of Stagecoach Trail, 56th Street, and Pickett Avenue. The board voted unanimously to hire the Forest Lake company at its June 10 meeting.

The bids received all came under the $3.4 million price tag that county engineers had placed on the project.

The project, which will be completed later this year, will create a new intersection at Hwy. 21 and 56th Street, and add traffic signals on Hwy. 95 (also called St. Croix Trail), near where it meets Pickett Avenue, said Wayne Sandberg, Washington County engineer. It will be funded with $1.7 million from the state Department of Transportation and $815,000 from other state and local sources, Sandberg said.

Financial crimes forum held

Several top law enforcement and court officials from Washington, Dakota and Ramsey counties gathered on June 5 in Maplewood for the Financial Crime Investigation and Prevention Forum. Hosted by the East Metro Crime Prevention Coalition task force, the event was meant to draw attention to what officials say is “the fastest-growing crime we see” — financial crime.

The task force was formed in 2012 by agencies from different jurisdictions.

“Through this effort, we coordinate and focus law enforcement responses around emerging crime trends that are regional in scope while engaging the greater community in dialogue and partnership around community-based solutions,” officials said in a news release.

Forum participants included Washington County Attorney Pete Orput, Washington County Sheriff William Hutton, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi, Ramsey County Sheriff Matt Bostrom, Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom, Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows, Ron Yearwood Jr., assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s Minneapolis office.

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