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Supervisors approve carpet installation quotes

Grand courtroom and board chambers to receive new carpeting from Colfax contractor

Jasper County Maintenance Director Adam Sparks presents the board of supervisors with bids to replace carpet inside the grand courtroom and supervisors chambers.
Jasper County Maintenance Director Adam Sparks presents the board of supervisors with bids to replace carpet inside the grand courtroom and supervisors chambers.

It’s time to spruce up the courthouse.

Both the grand courtroom and board of supervisors chambers inside the Jasper County Courthouse will be furnished with new carpeting. On Tuesday morning, the board voted 3-0 to approve a $15,169.40 quote from Moore Family Flooring of Colfax.

Jasper County Maintenance Director Adam Sparks also acquired two additional quotes up for consideration by the supervisors: $15,197.85 from the Marshalltown-based Floors & More of Iowa and $15,987.81 from the Indianola-based Phillips’ Floors. Bids were within $818.41 of each other.

County staff plan on layering 2x2 carpet tiles in the supervisors chambers. Sparks said the current carpet is floating on top of pads, so when weight is set down on the surface it pulls everything to the center of the room. Carpet tiles will be glued down and easily removable.

“If we ever have a problem where somebody spills something (or) something’s torn or whatever, we can start replacing individual 2x2s instead of having to leave that and patch a hole in with carpet,” Sparks said.

In the grand courtroom, the only spot that is going to get carpet — which will match the 2x2 tiles — is where the jury and judge sit, Sparks said. That particular area in the courtroom was built differently, so the carpet needs to roll over the edge for the finished look.

“So we had to do an actual carpet padding up on those two areas there,” Sparks said, noting the old carpet is showing its age. “ …If you go up to the grand courtroom there’s about a two-inch gap on the outside wall where the carpet has been pulled away … You can actually see down to the concrete.”

Sparks told the board of supervisors that any of the
selected bidders would do fine, especially since all of the estimates were fairly close to one another. Jasper County Supervisor Doug Cupples said he preferred Moore Family Flooring, the lowest bid and most localized bid.

Garage door replacement

Supervisors also approved the replacement of the main overhead garage door of the Armory Building. Sparks said the door is located near the back on the main building. Two new doors have already been placed by crews in the shop building, too.

The main garage door, Sparks said, is falling apart and is in need of a replacement. Maintenance acquired three quotes: $4,665 from the Des Moines-based Skold Door Company; $4,700 from the Baxter-based Huffaker Garage Doors, LLC; and $5,799 from the Des Moines-based Adams Door Company.

Even though Skold Door Company may have produced the low bid, Sparks said Huffaker Garage Doors, LLC is a local option. Furthermore, Huffaker’s estimate was only $35 higher than the low bid. The board of supervisors voted 3-0 to award the project to Huffaker.

Contact Christopher Braunschweig at 641-792-3121 ext. 6560 or cbraunschweig@newtondailynews.com

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