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Bids come in 20 percent lower than expected for hospital site improvements

With the slow economy, contractors are looking for work--and this was reflected in the bidding for street and improvements at the Clearwater Edition in Perham.

Bids came in 20 percent lower than projections for the project, which includes the infrastructure for the new Perham Memorial Hospital and Home project.

Engineer estimates placed the project at about $3.1 million. But the low bidder came in at about $2.4 million, according to Kelcey Klemm, Perham city manager.

A special meeting has been schedule for Monday, 4 p.m., to act on the bids.

With the attractive price of the bids, the city may consider an optional component of the project: Extending the street to County Road 34, which could provide a northwest access to the new hospital.

In other action at the May 11 Perham City Council meeting, the monthly building permit report showed a spurt of residential activity.

Permits representing more than $37,000 in residential construction activity were issued in April. There were a dozen projects, including roofing, siding, deck construction and a new garage.

Only one commercial project was issued a permit, for a $90,000 office and storage facility, issued to Joe Doll.