Contractor selected to build evidence storage building

Kakauna firm submits bid of $693,400

The Shawano County Public Safety Committee has selected a contractor for the long-awaited evidence storage building.

Silvercrest Construction of Kaukauna was chosen after submitting a bid of $693,400, the lowest among seven bids offered for the job.

Bids ranged from that amount to a high of $997,313 submitted by The Boldt Company of Appleton.

The Shawano County Board voted in June to invest up to $1 million in the 7,200-square-foot building, which will be located at 210 W. Second St. in Shawano.

There was no specific date set for construction to begin, but County Administrative Coordinator Brent Miller said the work was likely to get underway once warmer temperatures settle in and the frost thaws.

Evidence storage needs have been a recurring issue for the county since at least 2005, when a consultant found that existing facilities were inadequate. With county leaders unable to agree on a solution, the sheriff’s department has been renting storage space at a cost of about $20,000 a year.

Several proposals for a separate storage building were shot down by the board over the years, most recently in 2013 when the county board approved a $710,000 evidence storage facility that was to be constructed next to the Huber Work Release Center, but failed to get the supermajority needed to approve borrowing the money for the project.