Savage School Seeking Funds For Drinkable Water

Savage School Superintendent Martha Potter and Savage School Board Chair Shawn Conradsen had an opportunity to meet with the Richland County commissioners Shane Gorder, Duane Mitchell and Loren Young last week to begin discussions on updating the Savage School water system.

Potter stated, "We had only one contractor who turned in any communication. The electronic communication was a quote. The contractor let us know that it was not a bid yet, because they are waiting on the bond."

When the superintendent spoke with Ray Dawes, ForeFront Design engineer, Helena, MT, and the attorney from Montana School Boards Association it was determined to publish another bid advertisement in accordance with Sec. 20-9-204, MCA. Superintendent Potter said, "It is imperative that we follow all legal aspects of the bidding process."

The advertisement for bidding will run in The Roundup newspaper on May 25 and June 1, 2022. Bids will be opened at a special meeting of the Savage School Board of Trustees on June 9, 2022 at 7 p.m in the board room. Another meeting with the commissioners is set for June 13, 2022 at 2:30 p.m to discuss the newly received bids. The advertisement for bids will also be posted on the Billings Bidders' Exchange, as that is a resource for many contractors.

Richland County Commissioner Duane Mitchell asked, "Can I ask how much is the Savage School short when estimating how much money you got set aside and how much more you are going to need with the increase of costs of materials for this project?"

"We have $250,000, as you know, from House Bill 6. I know, as of today, I am estimating a $500,000 shortfall." Superintendent Potter responded.

Potter informed the commissioners that she will begin working on further grants to help cover costs beginning June 1, 2022. The MDU Resource Grant is due Oct. 1, 2022.

Commissioner Mitchell suggested getting the school designated through the emergency shelter plan with DES, which would be able to assist with some of the costs for a generator and other needs.


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