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February 5, 2014

Commissioners award bid for health department remodeling project

CLAREMORE — Rogers County commissioners awarded a considered bid Monday from Panther Creek Construction for the remodeling of the Rogers County Health Department building.

The bid of $125,738.63 was unanimously accepted.

Health Department Administrator Mary Beth Murray said she feels the Panther Creek bid is the lowest responsible bid.

Builders Unlimited, Inc. of Tulsa presented a bid that was $45,000 lower than Panther Creek Contruction (the next lowest bid).

A conservative estimate for the materials alone is $55,000-$65,000, said Murray.

“Labor for the project will be higher due to the fact that construction/demolition will be done nights and weekends in order for client services to continue during normal working hours,” she said.

Remodeling includes six bathrooms, the lobby floor, conference room acoustical sliding wall, accordian doors and painting of all public areas of the building.

Murray said the the building was constructed in 1991 and has endured minor wear and tear over the years.

“We have made good use of the facility, and it’s time for some refurbishing. The staff and myself hold a lot of respect for our patients, and want to continue to provide them with quality health care facility.”

She said costs for the remodeling project will come directly from available funds in the Rogers County Public Health Facilities Authority Trust.

The project will not be paid through bond money and county taxpayers will not bear any costs.

The Authority was created in 1989 for the purpose of acquiring and constructing a public health facility in and for the benefit of Rogers County.

The Rogers County Health Department building operates under the Oklahoma State Department of Health and receives funds through state and local money, said Murray. A county ad valorem tax of one and one-half mills, voted on by taxpayers, helps pay for building utilities and routine utility maintenance.

She said because the health department building is in Rogers County, awarded bids for remodeling services must be accepted by county commissioners.

Murray will discuss a timeline for beginning the remodeling project during a meeting Monday with Panther Construction and contract manager Steve Binge of Tulsa.

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