A few changes to plans and another round of bidding has rescued the proposed McHenry Community Center.

Initial bidding had been restricted to commercial builders and estimates came in way over what the Stone County Board of Supervisors had budgeted.

Having budgeted $250,000, the bids were no lower than $453,000, prompting District 5 Supervisor Dale Bond to say, “There’s no way we could afford that.”

County engineer Jon Bond, however, discovered rules which allowed residential builders to bid on buildings which fell within a specified range of guidelines.

Monday’s winning bid was submitted by Brielle Homes of McHenry in the amount of $247,500.

That will be for construction only.

Bond readjusted all the site work necessary for the center.

“Most of that can be done by the county,” he said.

He also tweaked some of the construction specifications.

“I took out the tongue-and-groove ceiling and replaced it with drywall,” he told the board.

Bond also eliminated some of the kitchen appliances which had been in the original bid packages.

Bond and the board estimated the project to be completed by the end of the year.

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