Carlton County awards bid for new hangar

After bids came in at nearly double initial estimates, the Minnesota Department of Aeronautics gave the project another $1 million.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation awarded the Cloquet Carlton County Airport an extra $1 million to help build a new fixed-base operator hangar. The hangar was initially estimated to cost $1.3 million, but bids came back at more than $2 million. (File / Jamey Malcomb / Pine Journal)

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners awarded a $2.2 million contract to build the new fixed-base operator hangar at the Cloquet Carlton County Airport during its meeting Monday, June 28.

The bid was awarded to Maertens-Brenny Construction Co. in Minneapolis after it submitted the lowest bid for the project, according to county engineer JinYeene Neumann.

The project was initially estimated to cost approximately $1.3 million, with $1.1 million funded by a U.S. Economic Development Administration grant. When bid estimates came back at more than $2.2 million because of the high cost of building materials, Neumann said airport manager Quentin Anderson and highway accountant Carla McCullough looked into other funding sources.

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“Quentin and Carla did some fast talking with MnDOT Aeronautics and they anteed up another $1 million worth,” Neumann said. “So 50% of (the project) would be covered by the EDA grant, 46.1% would be covered by MnDOT Aeronautics and the county would be responsible for $67,000.”


Commissioner Gary Peterson asked if any local companies submitted bids.

“We reached out to Boldt and McGough; we reached out to a whole bunch of other construction companies, but none of them could bid on it,” Neumann said.

Several companies were busy and others couldn’t bid on a project that is unlikely to begin construction until next year, she said.

Construction on the hangar is expected to begin in Spring 2022.

Jamey Malcomb has a been high school sports reporter for the Duluth News Tribune since October 2021. He spent the previous six years covering news and sports for the Lake County News-Chronicle in Two Harbors and the Cloquet Pine Journal. He graduated from the George Washington University in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in history and literature and also holds a master's degree in secondary English education from George Mason University.
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