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County to investigate bubbling floor in commercial building at fairgrounds

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday afternoon to spend $7,535 to do at least core samples of the multi-purpose floor in the commercial building at the fairgounds, hoping to find out why the floor is bubbling up in some areas.
Al Koglin, director for the parks department and the fairgrounds, said the floor was installed about two years ago.
“We’ve had some bubbling of the floor since then,” said Koglin. “At first, we thought it was water.” But now, he said, it appears that it is pulling apart in some areas, and that it could be an insulation issue.
But there is no real way to know until core samples are taken. And Koglin said there is a dispute among the manufacturer, the installer and others regarding the issue. He added that attorneys may become involved “because everyone will be pointing fingers at each other.”
“We have a huge investment in it, and it’s important to fix it,” said Board Chair Joe Nagel. “Sometimes you have to spend some money to protect your larger investment. The bottom line is, we need to find out what’s going on.”
For more from the County Board meeting, including plans to replace a bridge on County Road 90, see the Dec. 13 print edition of The Chronicle.