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County looking at costs for redesigning Jungclaus building

Despite an informal petition opposing McLeod County’s capital improvement plan, the county board heard presentations from I&S Group, Inc. (ISG) — the original architects that worked on the Jungclaus building — and Contegrity Group, Inc. (CGI) a construction management contractor.
The petition originated on Facebook, which isn’t a formal outlet for petitions against the county. The board couldn’t accept the accumulated “signatures” of over 100 people, which were really just commenters on a Facebook post.
The board didn’t approve either big-ticket item, one $575,000 line item and a $224,000 line item, at its Nov. 6 meeting because of timeline restrictions on the capital improvement project. Phase 1 of the project is an environmental assessment the county has to complete by Nov. 9. On Dec. 6, the county will be issuing debt, and on Dec. 13 will be closing on the Jungclaus building and surrounding buildings.
Commissioner Joe Nagel explained to Contegrity President Larry Filippi and Project Manager Sam Lauer as well as ISG Senior Architect Bryan Paulson the board wants to hit the aforementioned dates before moving forward with formal approval. The groups will be on the board’s agenda again at its Dec. 18 meeting.

(For the complete story, see the Nov. 7 print edition of The Chronicle.)