Commissioners take bids for fencing project at roads department

YORK – The York County Commissioners opened bids this week for a fencing project which will provide a secure barrier around an expanded area being used by the county roads department.

York County Commissioner Randy Obermier explained how the extra space at the roads department is a result of the lease change with the county’s ag society. York County will be expanding its footprint at the roads department; subsequently, they will be installing more fencing around that area.

“We went 300 feet south of the existing fence, in asking for the bids,” said York County Highway Superintendent Harvey Keim.

“The idea is to fence that in as well as replace some of the existing fencing that’s not in good shape,” Obermier said further. “The York County Sheriff’s Department can use some of the extra space for impoundments and Harvey has plans for some of the space for housing rock, gravel and equipment.”

The county received three bids:

  • From Empire Netting and Fence of Waverly with a total of $62,265. They also provided a second bid of $60,840.
  • American Fence Company of Grand Island with a total of $48,810.
  • Outback Fencing of Lincoln with a total of $47,212.72.

All three companies bid 4-foot galvanized chain link fencing with concrete footings.

Keim reviewed the bids and came back with a recommendation to go with Outback.

“They met all I was asking for,” Keim said.

“These amounts fell within where you were thinking?” asked Commissioner Daniel Grotz with Keim saying yes, they did.

“We will use ARPA (federal COVID relief) money to do this,” Obermier reminded the county board members.

“And when this is done, it will be a good area for filling trucks,” Grotz said. “We have agreed to utilize that area so we will obviously want to secure it.”

The other commissioners agreed and all voted to move forward.

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