Improvements are on the way for Mandan’s public works facility, with three new buildings tentatively scheduled to be constructed on the current site by the end of this year.
According to city officials, the department has outgrown the existing office and equipment storage buildings due to increases in staff and equipment, which are needed to maintain a growing community.
“Although the city has expanded, the facility has not. We’ve added staff and equipment to provide services for our expanding city and we’ve outgrown our facility,” said Jeff Wright, the city’s public works director.
The city commission awarded bids Tuesday to construct a $1.3 million administration building, a $900,000 equipment storage building and a $275,000 salt and sand storage building. An existing building will be remodeled into a mechanic and wash bay, which will sit adjacent to the administration building.
An additional $580,000 will be spent on landscaping, fencing and an employee parking lot, as well as design and engineering fees.
The project will be paid for by $3 million of Hub City funds, reducing the balance on the account to $250,000.
“Hub City funding is used for projects like this, in my opinion. It’s impact, it’s growth. I think it will be a good use,” said Commissioner Scott Davis.
The existing facility is nearly 40 years old and lacks office space, with employees divided between two buildings, Wright said.
Due to lack of storage space, equipment must be parked outside and exposed to the elements.
The addition of a wash bay and an enclosed building to store sand and salt piles are mandated by the city’s municipal separate storm sewer system permit. City staff have been washing equipment alongside the building, or on the street, which is considered uncontrolled.
The project includes expanding the department’s mechanic space, as well.
“We’ve been looking at expanding for a number of years and budget restraints have not allowed,” Wright said. “Thanks to the city commission, this will now become a reality that will allow us to work from this site for years to come. It’s been a long time coming.”
Groundbreaking could take place as early as March, with a Dec. 31 completion date.