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County to check into shop problems

In order to get “peace of mind” the McLeod County Board of Commissioners voted to hire Braun Intertec to perform an onsite building evaluation of the highway shop near Silver Lake at a cost of about $7,788, but not to exceed $10,000.
The decision was made at the meeting on March 17 after Highway Engineer John Brunkhorst gave an update on the SLATS highway shop (Silver Lake/Lester Prairie Transportation Services) that started operation in June 2014.
The structure is experiencing some concrete floor cracking issues as well as other construction issues that include condensation, water dripping, high humidity and cold drafts.
The total cost for construction to date is $1.22 million and engineering costs run $82,066. One thing left to do this summer is plant trees and shrubs, costing between $5,000 and $7,000.
Brunkhorst said the concrete floor shrinking and cracking is an issue of long-term durability. The same is true for the metal building with concern of workmanship for long-term durability and maintenance.
“We are getting rust on our vehicles and on metal sheeting,” added Brunkhorst. “We should not have the cracks we have now. We want to have a site that is there 50 to 60 years.”
Commissioner Ron Shimanski asked if the problem could be due to site preparation. Brunkhorst did not think so, adding a big factor could be that when the concrete was poured the humidity dropped and a cold front came through.

For more, see the March 25 print edition of The Chronicle.