Commissioners consider Ag/Education building Extension office needs

Front elevation of the proposed new fairgrounds building.
Furnishings for the University of Nebraska Extension office in the new Ag & Education Center were discussed by the Boone County Commissioners during their meeting Tuesday, Feb. 18.
Steve Pritchard, Extension educator, presented three bids for cabinetry in the office and conference room, counter tops and reception desk. The bid totals were $29,377 from Mark’s Custom Woodworking, Creston; $30,514 from RMK Enterprise (Roger Ternus), Albion, and $31,733 from Dave Jochum, Elgin.
The board then discussed whether existing cabinets in the Extension office could be used in the new location. “I would like to see you use as much out of here (current office) as possible,” said Commissioner Larry Temme.
Kurt Kruse, a building committee member, suggested the commissioners go the new building with Pritchard and look at the layout to determine the needs.
“I would hate to see a new office cobbled up with different things,” he said. He added that if the county does not want to fund the new furnishings, the building committee might provide some cost share funds.
Commissioners Temme and Ben Rutten agreed to visit the building after the Tuesday meeting. Drywall and floors have been completed in the office area.
No action was taken on the cabinetry bids.
Other matters discussed with Pritchard included telephone and internet service, use of existing phones and computers, janitorial/maintenance services for the office, and establishing mail service to the new location.
Discussion was also held on use of office space and/or conference room areas by 4-H clubs and by organizations conducting events in the arena. Several insurance questions were considered and will be forwarded to NIRMA.
Details in the Feb. 19 Albion News print and e-editions.