SIOUX CITY | The Woodbury County Board on Tuesday received base bids ranging from $228,000 to $302,000 to renovate a county-owned building to house the Social Services Department. Additional work for painting and carpeting could push the totals about $20,000 higher.

The board will review the proposals and make a decision at a Feb. 18 meeting.

The new Social Services offices are at 1211 Tri-View Ave., where three Veteran Affairs employees also work. Nineteen Social Services workers are being moved from cramped basement offices in the county courthouse downtown.

Renovations last year had been estimated to cost $295,643, but in January board members said $400,000 could be needed

The low bid of $228,000 was from Global Engineering, of Sioux City. Four other firms submitted proposals. 

"The bids were excellent. Let's hope that we can get that done for that amount of money," said board member Mark Monson, of Sergeant Bluff.

The renovations include office improvements, heating and cooling modernization, and parking lot work. The project should be done by mid-June.

The Tri-View building was constructed in the 1970s and the county purchased the structure in 2009. Social Services will occupy about four-fifths of the 5,290-square-foot building.

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