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Albert Lea City Council Chooses Owatonna Contractor for Fire Station

December 10, 2018 10:36 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- After reviewing bids from ten contractors over the past month, the Albert Lea city council Monday unanimously chose Owatonna-based Mohs Contracting to lead work on the city's new fire station.

Mohs's bid came in at the lowest after the council removed solar panels, an approximately $100,000 expense, from the scope of the project. The final bid came in at $7,966,000.

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Council member Larry Baker said he's glad to see the project moving forward and local subcontractors being tapped.

"There's going to be some local participation in this," he said. "Wells Concrete, from what I understand, either one of those contractors was going to use Wells."

The council also approved purchase agreements for three homes that will be bulldozed to make room for the fire station for a total of $147,000. City Manager Chad Adams said the city is close to making agreements with the remaining homeowners.

"At certain points in time we've been agreeable on the dollar amounts in the exchange, but you know things shift and we're still working with them and it's been very cordial conversations," Adams said.

The city hopes to be able to begin demolition yet this winter before more work kicks off in the spring.

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