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April 2003
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St. Patrick’s Day Festivities in front of the Shamrock

News from the Beaver Island Wildlife Club

Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year

Chili Cook-off a Big Success

Plans afoot for a Community Walk

Talking Threads Quilt on Display at McDonough’s Market

Rural Arts and Culture Grant Update

Melvin Snags a Record Pike

Patrick Cull makes the State GeoBee

Two Beaver Island School Board Seats up for Reelection

Awarding the Bid for the New Beaver Island Health Center

How the BIRHC Board determined the need for a new Facility

On This Date Beaver

Island Peace Vigil; AmVets put up Flags on Main Street

Partnership Project Holds Meetings

A Phenomenon Made of Ice

News from the Townships & the Township Annual Meetings

Fire Department Acquires New Thermal Imaging Equipment

Deerwood - The world's finest B&B

Snow Sleuth

A fine time on Arranmore

One Hundred Years Ago

BIBCO & BITA Negotiations may be Nearing Resolution

Mary Minor 1932-2003

Charles Dunlevy 1915-2003

Weather or Not

Charlevoix County Commissioners Meetings

Beaver Island's Egg Lake Bog

Land Swap

Peaine Offered Property

Classified Ads

Awarding the Bid

On March 19th the BIRHC announced that Beaver Gems (Robert Gillespie) had the low bid of $1,215,465 for the new medical building–$12,235 under the next lowest bid and would be given the contract. But first some adjustments would be made in the specifications. The contractor suggested eleven reductions, ranging from changing the brand of doors to redesigning the septic system to eliminating the paving. These changes would save $100,900. But he also suggested that the cedar shakes and other exterior wood surfaces be stained instead of left to the weather, and that concrete slabs be added to both the front and back entry areas. The Board will consider these ideas.

The total cost would include adding “high tech” wiring (~$10,000), the providing of a power line to the east edge of the property (~$5,000), and the paying of the architect's fee ($71,000) and travel and drawings expense ($15,300.) Plus, a $40,000 contingency was left in the budget. Finally, there would be other costs that could not yet be determined, such as for window treatments, signage, and a propane line–these might all fall within the contingency amount.

Thus the final cost is expected to be around $1,255,800 surprisingly, under the architect's predicted $1,300,000. The difference between the final cost and the State Grant will be set aside, with the interest it earns available to help with operating costs. The principle could be used for additional construction in a second stage or become the anchor for an endowment fund.

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