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Kendall County Board vote expected on $443,000 board room renovation contract

11 bids received; Montgomery firm and low bidder recommended for approval

YORKVILLE – The recommended bid for a nearly half of a million dollar Kendall County Board room renovation project through a national engineering company is set to go before the County Board for approval next week.

Kendall County Board member Matt Kellogg, who also heads the facilities management committee for the county, said during the Thursday, July 30 facilities management committee meeting that the project bids were due Monday, July 27 and county officials opened 11 bids for the project on Tuesday. He said the low and recommended bid came from Lite Construction, Inc. of Montgomery at $443,000.

Kellogg said the county also asked Lite Construction to provide a list of all subcontractors they were hoping to use on the project. He said most if not all of the subcontractors are expected to be local.

“We’re not pulling people out of other states or out of Chicago," Kellogg said. "All of these towns that all of these businesses are from are within a 20 minute drive of this building that we’re sitting in.”

The update comes after the County Board discussed finer details of the roughly $500,000 board room renovation project during their June 11 Committee of the Whole meeting. County officials previously said the board room furniture hasn't changed for decades and has been well overdue for renovations.

Officials said the project would include better desks and work spaces for County Board members, an executive session meeting room, improved designated seating for elected officials and more technology integration within the room.

Upgrades also would include audio-video hook-ups straight from County Board members' or other county officials' seats for presentation purposes and a designated news media table with more audio hook-up capabilities, according to county officials. Other upgrades include basic key card access to the room for elected and other county officials, and television displays of county business within the room itself and in the county office building to better inform the public and follow Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.

Representatives from Lite Construction said during the meeting that the project is set to begin as soon as possible, or whenever the County Board approvals go through.

Kendall County Board Chairman Scott Gryder said there's a reason why the county is trying to move as quick as possible with the project.

“We were hoping there would be some savings and more bang for our buck during this time,” Gryder said.

Jim Smiley, facilities management director for the county, said the project was originally estimated to cost between $500,000 and $600,000.

Smiley said there will be a bit of a delay in the renovations because the current microphone system will need to be moved into the courtroom of the Kendall County Historic Courthouse, where public county meetings are set to be held during the renovation period. He said it's expected to take about a couple of weeks to move the audio system and the county's trying to do so as inexpensively as they possible can.

Smiley said he wasn't sure about lead times for relevant equipment from Lite Construction. He said construction for the project is expected to take at least six months from start to finish.

“We’ll be over there for quite a while,” Smiley said.

Smiley said a little more money for the project will be going toward HVAC upgrades that would meet health standards in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kellogg had said $450,000 was budgeted for the project in this year's budget and a little more money can come out of next year's budget.

"So the money is available and it's probably a good time to spend it to keep people working," Kellogg said.

The Kendall County Board meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4.

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