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Museums board discusses Dubois contract

Mar 19, 2014 - By Kelli Ameling, Staff Writer

The Fremont County Museums Board of Trustees recently discussed a contract regarding future construction at the Dubois Museum.

Trustee Tom Duncan said he wanted to know where the board stood with a proposal from Mike Quinn, of Quinn and Co. of Lander, since the board met with him in December.

At the December meeting, Quinn had addressed preliminary construction plans for the museum. The board asked Quinn to submit a contract and costs for bringing the preliminary plans to bid-ready status.

"To my knowledge, no one has reviewed (the contract)," Duncan said during the board's special meeting Feb. 27 in Lander. "The board needs to respond to this."

Duncan said the contract was good only through the end of June.

Trustee Carol Chidsey said she had reviewed the contract and had called Quinn to discuss it, because she was appointed to be the point of contact throughout the construction.

"We had a good, long talk," she said, noting the board was waiting for the countywide museums manager to begin work before moving forward. "I told him we didn't want to start then change directions. He understood and knows it's at the top of our list."

Duncan said Fremont County deputy attorney Jodi Darrough had reviewed the submitted contract and had changes to submit to Quinn.

A motion was made for chairman Jon Lane to return the altered contract.

Trustee Erin Shirley asked if it was premature to submit the new plan before the countywide museums manager began work.

"We have received heat over that," Shirley said about not moving forward.

Duncan said the motion only would allow the board to send changes to Quinn.

"Once he accepts, the board can take action," Duncan said. "It's just so we know where each other is standing."

The motion passed 4-0.

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