Norman County Engineer Makes Strong Push for New Highway Dept Building

Norman County Engineer Makes Strong Push for New Highway Dept Building

February 17, 2021 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

Ada, MN — The Norman County Highway Engineer will look to plead his case on a long overdue project to the Norman County Board of Commissioners at their meeting on Thursday morning. The board has been eyeing up a project to build a new County Highway Department building for roughly half a decade, but has yet to pull the trigger. Now County Engineer Keith Berndt is making a strong push for the project to move forward, even penning a Letter to the Editor in the Norman County Index urging the commissioners to take action. Berndt says the approximately $9 million proposed new highway building can be built without raising local property taxes and with bond rates at all time low, the time to act is now.

According to Berndt, the current Norman County Highway Department building was constructed in the 1970s and wasn’t built to have a lifespan longer than 50 years. It also currently has drainage and leaking issues with substandard mechanical and electrical systems. The proposed new facility would be designed to last over 100 years and sufficient space, nearly five times as much, to house all of their equipment indoors.

If the Norman County Board of Commissioners approves moving forward, Berndt noted that the next step would be to have the architect put together a final design and have the project go out for bids hopefully by mid-summer. The board meets this Thursday, February 18th at 9:15am.