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Marquette County Board to consider upgrades entrance to first floor jail

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Board of Commissioners will consider bids for improvements to the courtyard leading to the first floor jail and annex of the Marquette County Courthouse entrance during its regular meeting tonight at 6 p.m.

According to a memo from facilities manager Aaron Karlstrom to Marquette County Administrator Scott Erbisch, the concrete surface leading from Baraga Avenue to the jail and annex entrance is “badly deteriorated,” and needs a “complete overhaul.”

Bids were received from three contractors ranging from $103,438 to $119,845, according to an agenda supplement.

The proposed project will include installation of a new barrier-free access ramp, and the replacement of a cast iron potable water line that runs below the existing concrete walkway.

The courtyard improvement project was initially budgeted at $80,000 minus $3,750 for engineering. County staff recommends awarding the project to the low bidder in the amount of $103,438.50. The recommendation includes the useage of funds from Public Improvement allocated for the Annex Parking Lot Replacement to cover the overage.

The board will also consider a proposed 1% wage increase for the elected positions of Prosecuting Attorney, Clerk, Register of Deeds, Drain Commissioner, Treasurer and Mine Inspector.

In a memo from Marquette County Board Commissioner Gerald Corkin to board members, no elected official — excluding judges — have received a wage increase since 2015.

The proposed increase would take effect June 1, 2020, with a second wage increase going into effect on Jan. 1. Each increase would have a corresponding bonus of $250.

The meeting will be held via Zoom webinar which can be accessed via the web by going to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82304180467.

The meeting can be accessed by phone by calling 1-646-558-8656 and keying in the meeting ID 823 0418 0467#

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