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Court is in session: Shut off that saber saw

Court's in session, shut off that saw

Routt County Board of Commissioners

— The building contractor who lands a $300,000-plus bid to finish the garden level of the Routt County Justice Center will make certain their crews stifle their power tools when court is in session. And that’s not all. Construction workers will be required to pass a background check.

The Routt County Board of Commissioners were scheduled March 28 to choose between the only two contractors to bid on the job — HLCC, which submitted the low bid of $308,582, and a second contractor, Tyke Pierce Construction, which came in with a bid of $328,647.

Both contractors have completed a number of jobs for the county, but the bid requirements on this job are something new. They specify that noise from the construction work may not disrupt court.

The terms of the bid require that while the county will work closely with contractors to accommodate their needs, “Interruption of court proceedings due to excessive construction noise will not be allowed,” and “construction operations that will involve excessive construction noise must be coordinated with court schedules to avoid conflicts with the normal court operations.”

The requirements also describe what the contractor must do to ensure security in the building. The bid terms read: “To complete background checks each person will need to provide their driver’s license, full name and date of birth. No construction staff will be allowed in the secure areas of the Justice Center unless they are accompanied by either court staff or Routt County Building & Plant personnel. Security of court records will be a primary concern as well.”

The construction project entails creating a 1,760-square-foot educational training room big enough to host 60 people. It will be equipped with the latest tele-conferencing and telecommunications technology.

“The city police department and the sheriff’s deputies are currently traveling for training,” County Commissioner Cari Hermacinski said. “This will allow them to host regional training here, and it will be configured for use by other” organizations in the community.

The construction project is intended to complete the interior of an existing shell space in the justice center of about 3,050 square feet.

This use of the garden level of the justice center at 1955 Shield Drive has long been anticipated, and even as plans for a shared law enforcement facility are unfolding nearby, the fact that the space in the justice center is completed and unused means it’s more cost effective to create the training center in the Justice Center rather than in the new shared facility, according to county officials.

A 840-square-foot multi-purpose room and kitchenette will also be built as part of the project.

The county-owned and operated Justice Center first opened in September 2007 at a cost of about $18 million.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1

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