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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 12:30

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By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times



Seward County’s Road and Bridge department recently got a new building to house its equipment.

As with any building, electricity is a part of the framing, and that has been installed along with the rest of the facility. Now, the building will likewise have an electrical system to run it when the power goes out.

Tuesday, county commissioners approved a bid from local contractor B&B Electric for just less than $9,100 to hook up a generator for the new Road and Bridge building.

“We’ve got a backup generator through Emergency Management, and now, we have to make the connection where it’ll automatically transfer in the event we lose electricity,” Road and Bridge Supervisor Tony Herrman said. 

B&B were among three contractors contacted for bids for the project.

“Two were turned in, and a third one, I talked to,” Herrman said. “The one that didn’t turned one in, Gordon Weatherly, I respect his judgments on things. He called me back in a couple days and said he felt like it was a big project, more than he wanted to try to tackle due to the fact that they were going to have to go through and transfer all the wiring that’s in the existing panel back out in through that generator.”

Herrman said the generator supplies 100 kilowatts of power, and he said Weatherly was not sure of how quick he could do the project.

“It would take a lot of hours of labor, and he didn’t want to hire additional help,” Herrman said.

B&B installed the electrical for the Road and Bridge building, and Herrman said he asked company officials about the pricing of the generator installation.

“They told me that it was going to be a two-day effort to get it transferred and back on so that we’d have service by Monday,” he said. “They’d have to do it over the weekend while we’re not there. They’re going to have to shut down the complete facility and take the panels completely apart and go through and re-route everything. He said it’s pretty labor intensive, not so much materials, but a lot of labor.”

Another quote was submitted from Integrity Electric of Liberal, and Herrman said when he saw that price, he asked Integrity officials if the cost would include all of the work needed. After that questioning, the price was increased some, and Road and Bridge would be asked to also provide and install surfaces, areas and piping to transfer the power to the generator.

“I feel comfortable going with B&B Electric,” Herrman said. “I know it’s not the cheapest bid, but to me, they’ve done all the work and service out there at the shop and have done a good job for us there. I would hate to get started with someone and not get it finished, especially if we’re going to try to squeeze this in on a weekend project.”

Herrman said Tuesday’s vote of 4-0 simply approved having B&B tie the generator into the existing power service at the Road and Bridge building.

Seward County Administrator April Warden agreed with Herrman, saying what B&B Electric proposed would make the project a turnkey project.

“They also have the staff to shut us down for a very minimal time and not when we would be working,” Warden said. “They can do it in non-business hours and get us back up and running. Integrity Electric is going to need our help with the project, and he too is an individual that doesn’t have other people that work with him.”

The money to pay for the hookup will come from the county building fund.

 

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