By Brenda Erdahl
A dental clinic in Wright County’s new government center for low-income residents will be one step closer to becoming a reality with the selection of a dental architect.
Wright County Commissioners approved 4 to 1, with Commissioner Michael Kaczmarek casting the only dissenting vote, a recommendation to continue a relationship with Auromira Architects. The recommendation asks the dental clinic project steering committee to call references and, if the company checks out, begin drafting a contract for commissioners to review.
The board of directors listened to presentations by architects from three different firms before deciding to sue Auromira. The other companies were BDH and Mohagen Hansen.
“Everyone agreed that Auromira had the best presentation,” said Commissioner Mary Wetter, who is on the steering committee and attended the meeting. Not only did Auromira Architects have the lowest bid, which made them the most profitable of the three companies, the representatives were very knowledgeable about dental clinics and they were familiar with state bonding, Wetter said. . The committee also noted from their presentation that they paid great attention to detail.
The committee’s only concern was that Auromira is a small company and Commissioner Daleiden questioned whether that might hinder the work on time.
Commissioner Kaczmarek, who has expressed his opinion in previous meetings that the county should abandon its dental clinic project and wait for better use of this space in the center of government, questioned an expenditure of nearly $ 12,000 at another architect regarding this project. . It was explained that the bill, paid in full by the UCare grant, was part of an initial expense to bring the appropriate water and sewer services to the site during the construction of the government center.
Commissioner Kaczmarek asked to see a list of what the expenditure of nearly $ 12,000 paid for.
According to Wetter, the proposed dental clinic will occupy 6,200 square feet of space on the lower level of the new government center. It will include 12 rooms in which dental care will be provided to low-income residents.