Fort Kaskaskia shelter house moving forward

By Thatcher Chapman

At the Aug. 10 Randolph County Board of Commissioners meeting, the Fort Kaskaskia shelter house construction was discussed.

It was reported that there were two interested contractors, but Gateway F.S. was the only one of the two to put in a bid. Their bid came out higher than the county wanted, at $109,520. The county countered that with $98,820 being the number agreed upon.

They are now in the process of drafting a contract, between the county and Gateway F.S. The majority of that cost is for the masonry and the electrical work that needs to be done.

The masons have donated $1,000, and they have received other grants totaling $3,000.

The motion to support the bid was approved by the board.

From the health department, Administrator Stephanie Martin reported that she is planning to go to several seminars in the next few months. Next week she will attend a seminar on HIPAA training in Springfield. There will also be an STD/HIV training coming up.

For more from the Board of Commissioners meeting, please see this week’s print edition.