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1st steps taken to move Dunn County office from downtown

MENOMONIE — Dunn County supervisors began early talks Wednesday on what needs to happen now that the County Board voted to move its office out of downtown Menomonie.

County Manager Paul Miller told Executive Committee members that one of the first actions the county needs to take is to hire a project manager.

“We need to have a project manager on board because nobody on staff has the time to give it the time it needs,” he said.

He said the bids for the position will be opened in early September and hopefully an award will be presented shortly thereafter.

Miller said once a project manager is in place a timeline will be established.

The Dunn County Board voted by a 26-1 margin on July 25 to move its offices in the Dunn County Government Center, 800 Wilson Ave., into the Dunn County Community Services Building at 3001 U.S. 12 E., where there is a wing and a floor that is not occupied.

It’s estimated to cost $3.7 million to move into the Community Services Building. Expenses include adapting the vacant space in the open wing into offices and creating additional parking.

The improvements needed at the Government Center include heating, asbestos abatement, ventilation and air-conditioning repairs. The elevator in the building is not wheelchair accessible. Other necessary work includes roof repairs and sprinkler system installation.

It was estimated to cost $3.8 million to complete these upgrades at the Government Center.

The Menomonie City Council unanimously passed a motion June 16 stating its intention to stay in the Government Center if it is economically reasonable.

Contact: 715-830-5840, ben.rueter@ecpc.com


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