County approves $4.7 million bid to Rawlins contractor for Riverton Justice Center

(Riverton, Wyo.) – The Fremont County Commission, in 4-1 vote, has awarded a Rawlins contractor with the construction of the Riverton Justice Center.

L.M. Olson Company’s bid was the lowest and met all of the requirements, Commissioner Travis Becker told the rest of the board. The firm’s bid was $4.706 million. The bid was awarded contingent upon final contract negotiations. Commissioner Stephanie Kessler was the lone no vote.

Fremont County has been awarded approximately $2.75 million from the State Loan and Investment Board. The county is bound to match the amount dollar for dollar. Originally, the county had requested about $2.5 million, but Becker had asked SLIB for an additional $250,000. SLIB agreed to the amount if the county did so as well. The commission approved the additional match this morning.

The increase in requested funds, Becker said, was to accommodate increased material costs and labor costs associated with an already busy contractor pool.

The county’s share is expected to come from a self-loan from the reserve funds. The paperwork surrounding the loan has not yet been approved.

A construction start date has not been set, but could be as soon as later this summer. Construction is expected to take 14-16 months. Facilities Maintenance Supervisor JR Oakley asked the commission to begin considering how to fund the move of the County Attorney, County Sheriff and Riverton Circuit offices from the old building to the new.

All of the other bidders were Wyoming contractors. The bids ranged from $4.8 million to $5.5 million.