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.
“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.