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Page SCHOOL ' THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, MAY I3, 2020 Sdiool facilities maybe used for graduations ParkRiver Area to move forward with plans based on senior class input BISMARCK, N.D. — State School Super- intendent Kirsten Baesler announced on May 6 that Gov. Doug Burgum is allowing North Dakota’s schools to use school property for high school graduation ceremonies. North Dakota’s school facilities have been closed to students since March 16 in the wake of the COVID-l9 pandemic. Burgum or- dered the closures by executive order. He said Wednesday he was modifying his directive to allow school facilities to host graduations, “with proper social distancing, cleaning and safety precautions.” The change was accompanied by detailed guidance, produced by the govemor’s office, the Department of Public Instruction, and the state departments of health and emergency services, about how to conduct graduations while minimizing the risk of spreading COVID-19. The guidance document is post- ed on the Department of Public Instruction’s website. “We recognize that graduating from high school is a significant milestone in the lives of our seniors, their families, their friends, and oth- er loved ones,” the governor said. “We think the guidance Superintendent Baesler and I are providing ofi‘ers options for schools to conduct their graduation ceremonies safely.” Decisions on whether, when, or where graduation ceremonies should be held re— main in the hands 0f local school boards and administrators. “These are potential solutions for local consideration,” Baesler said. “It’s important to note that each school district consider whether a graduation ceremony or celebration should be held, and if so, how can it be held while re- specting the recommended guidelines from the US. Centers for Disease Control and Pre- vention and the North Dakota Department of Healt .” The guidance suggests that administrators “consider the status of COVID-19 in your com- munity and surrounding areas when deciding whether to hold graduation,” and says public health officials “can suspend any in-person part of graduation if there is a COVID—19 outbreak in the area before graduation.” The guidance includes a number of non- traditional options for holding ceremonies, in- cluding a “graduation parade” and a “drive- in graduation” in which families would remain in parked vehicles to observe the proceedings. The safety recommendations include: Six feet between rows of chairs that are set up in the graduation space. Six feet between- chairs in a row — excep- tions for immediate family if desired. Two empty rows between the rows being used for people who are attending graduation. No physical contact between people who don’t live together no handshakes, hugs, etc. Family photos are OK for family members who live together. Six feet between students who are walking in a processional. Limit number of Queng npr "mamas PM m.-. m-person event. Limits should be based on the space available and the distance guidelines. Schools should livestream the ceremony if possible. Consider whether to require masks. Consider how a student should receive his or her diploma. One possibility would be to put the diploma on a table for the student to pick up. Ensure that adequate bathroom and hand- washing facilities are available. . Set up hand sanitizer stations throughout the graduation space. ‘ Suggestions for holding graduation cere- monies include: “Virtual graduation” via Zoom, Teams, Skype, or other video conference software. Graduation ceremonies are livestreamed, with graduates and school administrators on the site, and family and spectators watching from a distance. Drive-in graduation family and friends of graduates stay in their vehicles, and the cere- monies held in a large open space, such as a parking lot or a park. Graduation parade: Families and commu- nity members observe parade of graduates, while the graduates maintain a safe distance from spectators and between themselves. Outdoor graduation: Maintain space be- tween graduates and limit attendance so that people don’t have to sit closely together. Seat families in every three rows, graduates six feet apart. . . . Multiple graduatlon cer€monles 1n the same Venue. This would allow for smaller groups Ofgraduates. If multiple graduation cer- emonies are held, the venue must be sanitized between ceremonies. LEGAL NOTICES THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS - WEDNESDAY, MAY I3, 2020 By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. — On May 7, the Park River Area School Board met to discuss a topic that was weighing on the minds of sen- ior class students and their parents — graduation. Kierstin Hurtt met with the senior class. She then presented their ideas to the board. They un- derstood the challenges of social distancing, and Hurtt said that the class felt that if they had to make it different, they really want- ed to make it different. Their first choice was a graduation ceremo- ny on the football field. In the event of inclement weather, Plan B would bring the ceremony insrde to the elementary gym. Hurtt presented the ideas to the board with the understanding of the state’s regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-l9. The plan reduces the number of fam- ily members who can attend to a handful per student, requires a seating chart for family groups, and encourages social distancing. Many of the traditions remain the same, but the challenges of each had to be addressed. The presen- tation of diplomas, for example, would be limited to family contact. The board voted to move for- ward with a 2 p.m., May 24, 2020 ceremony with location to change as determined by the weather. Board member Diana Hahn, who also is a parent to a Park RiV- er Area senior, thanked Hurtt for really “.14..O . the students. The ceremony will be broadcast both to the Polar Channel Aggie Vision and streamed online. ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS 00030 ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS be done under one contract 00030 under this project generally consists of: Grading Hydroseeding. The work shall Concrete pavement removal, curb and in Each Bid shall contain a copy of a Notice is hereby given that sealed bids for furnishing all labor, materials, equipment, other facilities, and items necessary or incidental to Hilltop Drive Pavement Improvements will be received by the City of Park River at the City Office, and will be publicly opened and read aloud at the City Council Chambers in the City of Park River, 10:30 AM local time, May 21, 2020. The Project will be funded via special assessment as part of Street Improvement District 2020-01. Bids being mailed or delivered prior to 05/21/2020, can be sent to: City of Park River c/o City Auditor PO Box C 514 Briggs Ave S Park River, ND 58270 The scope of Work to be completed ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS 00030 Notice is hereby given that sealed bids for furnishing all labor, materials, ‘ equipment, other facilities, and items necessary or incidental to 2020 Watermain Replacement will be received by the City of Park River at the City Office, and will be publicly opened and read aloud at the City Council Chambers in the City of Park River, 10:30 AM local time, May 21, 2020. The Project will be funded by the North Dakota State Water Commission and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds Program. Bids being mailed or delivered prior to 05/21/2020, can be sent to: City of Park River c/o City Auditor PO Box C 514 Briggs Ave S Park River, ND 58270 The scope of Work to be completed under this project generally consists of: water main replacement, hydrant and valve replacement, sanitary manhole replacement, cased railroad bore, bituminous milling, aggregate backfill, ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS The City of Park River, North Dakota, will receive sealed bids prior to 2:00 PM CDT, May 20, 2020, at the Office of the City Auditor, 514 Briggs Avenue South, Park River, ND, 58270 at which time and place all bids will be opened by the Clerk- Treasurer during a Skype, Zoom, WebEx or similar meeting format for tabulation and will be presented on June 8, 2020 at 8:00 AM CDT to the Council for their consideration. Bids are for Park River Circuit 5 Addition. The project includes providing labor and equipment to install electrical distribution system material within the City of Park River, North Dakota. The major functions to be performed under this contract are as follows: 1 . Approximately 900 feet of trenching. 2. Approximately 1,350 feet of boring which includes approximately 100 feet of gutter removal, saw cutting, driveway removal, excavation, subgrade preparation, geotextile fabric, 6" drain tile, 30" catch basin, 12” storm sewer, aggregate base, concrete curb and gutter, bituminous pavement, concrete driveway replacement, topsoil import, finish grading, erosion and sediment control, temporary traffic control, hydroseeding, and other related work. Hilltop Drive Pavement Improvements and related items consist of the following approximate quantities: 1 LS Mobilization, 1 LS Traffic Control, 1 LS SWPPP Implementation Maintenance, 1,900 LF Curb & Gutter Removal, 3,400 SY Concrete Pavement Removal, 270 LF Saw Cutting, 240 SY Driveway Removal, 1,900 CY Excavation, 5,300 SY 12” Subgrade Preparation, 5,300 SY Geotextile Fabric — R1, 2,400 LF 6” SDR-35 Drain Tile, 3 EA 30” Catch Basin, 300 LF 12" SDR—35 Storm Sewer, 2,400 LF Concrete Curb Gutter, 4,300 SY Bituminous Pavement (5”), 275 SY Concrete Driveway, 4 EAAdjust Manhole, 120 CY Topsoil Import, 2,100 SY Finish curb and gutter removal and replacement, sidewalk removal and replacement, erosion and sediment control, temporary traffic control, hydroseeding, and other related work. Watermain Replacement and related items consist of the following approximate quantities: 1 LS Mobilization, 1 LS Traffic Control, 1 LS SWPPP Implementation & Maintenance, 1 LS Temporary Water Service, 10,450 SY Pavement Mill and Stockpile, 5,200 CY Class 5 Aggregate, 1,200 LF of Concrete Curb and Gutter Removal and Replacement, 220 SY of Concrete Sidewalk & Driveway Removal and Replacement, 4,950 LF of 8-inch PVC Water Main, 1,900 LF of 10-inch PVC Water Main, 13 EA Install Fire Hydrant, 17 EA 8-inch Gate Valves, 19 EA 10-inch Gate valves, 2,700 LF 1-inch HDPE Water Service, 82 EA 1-inch Curb Stop, 40 LF 6” PVC Sanitary Sewer, 20 LF 8" PVC Sanitary Sewer, 20 LF 10" PVC Sanitary Sewer, 4 Sanitary Sewer Manholes, 1,500 SY Finish Grading & Hydroseeding, and other related work items. The work shall be done under one contract in accordance with Bidding Documents on file in the Office of AE2S, 4050 Garden View Drive, Grand Forks, ND 58201. Each Bid must be completed in accordance with the Bidding Documents boring under a NDDOT highway. 3. Installation of approximately 7,450 feet of Owner-furnished URD primary cable by direct bury or in conduit. 4. Installation of Owner-furnished padmounted single-phase transformer, three-phase padmounted step-up transformer, transformer ground sleeves and box pads, and three- phase junction boxes and ground sleeves. 5. Installation of Owner-furnished 600 amp and 200 amp separable connectors. 6. Furnishing and installation of 4/0 URD cable riser on existing pole. 7. Installation of approximately 350 feet of Owner-furnished 4” HDPE and 6" PVC conduit. 8. Furnishing and installation of three- phase overhead switch on existing pole. 9. Installation of Owner-furnished substation circuit recloser. accordance with Bidding Documents on file in the Office of AE2S, 4050 Garden View Drive, Grand Forks, ND 58201. Each Bid must be completed in accordance with the Bidding Documents and accompanied by a separate envelope containing an acceptable Bidder's bond executed by the Bidders principal and by a surety company authorized to do business in the State of North Dakota payable to the City of Park River in the amount equal to five percent (5%) of the full amount of the Bidder’s maximum Bid submitted. This is :to serve as a guarantee that the successful Bidder will enter into a Contract within seven (7) days of Notice of Award in accordance with the terms of the principal's Bid and a contractor's bond as required for the performance of such work. No Bid will be read or considered which does not fully comply with the above provisions as to the Bidder's bond, and any deficient Bid submitted will be released and returned to the Bidder immediately. contractor’s license or certificate of renewal thereof issued by the Secretary of State enclosed in the required bid bond envelope. No contract shall be awarded to any contractor unless Bidder is the holder of a license in the class within which the value of the project falls. All Bids must be submitted in a Bidding envelope that is securely sealed. The envelope shall be plainly marked to indicate the contents and shall show the name of the person, firm, or corporation submitting the Bid, project title, and acknowledge receipt of all Addenda. No Bid will be read or considered'that does not fully comply with the above provisions regarding bonding and Iicensure, and receipt of Addenda, if any. Any deficient Bid submitted will be returned to the Bidder unopened. Bids will be taken under advisement and the award of the contract, if awarded, will be made within sixty (60) days after the date of opening the Bids. The City ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS 00030 'and accompanied by a separate envelope containing an acceptable Bidder's bond executed by the Bidders principal and by a surety company authorized to do business in the State of North Dakota payable to the City of Park River in the amount equal to five percent (5%) of the full amount of the Bidder’s maximum Bid submitted. This is to serve as a guarantee that the successful Bidder will enter into a Contract within seven (7) days of Notice of Award in accordance with the terms of the principal's Bid and a contractor's bond as required for the performance of such work. No Bid will be read or considered which does not fully comply with the above provisions as to the Bidder's bond, and any deficient Bid submitted will be released and returned to the Bidder immediately. Each Bid shall contain a copy of a contractor’s license or certificate of renewal thereof issued by the Secretary of State enclosed in the required bid bond envelope. No contract shall be awarded to any contractor unless Bidder is the holder of a license in the class within which the value of the project falls. All Bids must be submitted in a Bidding envelope that is securely sealed. The envelope shall be plainly marked to indicate the contents and shall show the name of the person, firm, or corporation submitting the Bid, project title, and acknowledge receipt of all Addenda. No Bid will be read or considered that does not fully comply with the above provisions regarding bonding and Iicensure, and receipt of Addenda, if any. Any deficient Bid submitted will be returned to the Bidder unopened. Bidders on this work will be required to comply with Title 40 CFR Part 33— Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in the United States Environmental Protection Agency Programs. The requirements for bidders and contractors under this regulation concern utilization of Minority Business Enterprises (MBE), Women’s Business Enterprises (WBE), and Small Business Enterprises (SBE) and are explained in the specifications. The goal for MBE is 2% of the total dollar value of the project. The goal for WBE is 3% of the total dollar value of the project. Bidders shall demonstrate a good faith effort to solicit for MBE and WBE subcontractors. The completed MBE/WBE Solicitation Information sheet must be provided in the outer bid Security envelope. Failure to include this ADVERTlSEiVIENT FOR BIDS 10. Furnishing and installation of concrete pad for three-phase padmounted step-up transformer. Other construction projects will be underway during construction of this project within the City‘of Park River, ND. The Contractor must coordinate all work with other construction project contractors. There may be delays due to other construction activities or inactivity in various areas. The Plans and Specifications, together with all necessary forms' and documents for Bidders, may be obtained from the Engineer, Widseth Smith Nolting Associates, Inc., 3535 8 31st St, Suite 202, Grand Forks, North Dakota 58201. (701) 738-8474, upon payment of Twenty-five Dollars ($25.00), not refundable, for each copy. The Plans and Specifications may be examined at the offices of the Owner or Engineer. No bid will be considered unless sealed, filed with the City Auditor and accompanied by a bid bond or certified check payable to the Owner in an amount equal to ten percent (10%) of the maximum base bid price. The successful bidder shall be required to furnish performance and payment bonds, each in triplicate, equal to 100 percent of the contract amount. The successful bidder shall also be required to furnish a certificate of insurance, in triplicate, indicating the coverage specified in the Contract Documents. Proposals and all supporting instruments must be submitted on the forms furnished by the Owner and must be delivered in a sealed opaque envelope addressed to the Owner. The envelope shall be identified with the Project title, the name and address of the Bidder, its license number and class of license if a license is required by the State, and the date and hour of the opening of bids. If the bid is sent by mail, then the sealed envelope shall be enclosed in a separate mailing envelope with the notation Council reserves the right to reject any or all Bids or to waive any informality in the Bids received as deemed to be most favorable to the interest of the City of Park River. All Work shall begin no sooner than July ,6, 2020 and shall be Substantially Complete by October 2, 2020. All work including punchlist items shall be complete and ready for Final Payment by October 16, 2020. Complete digital project bidding documents are available at www.AE2S.com or www.questcdn.com. You may download the digital plan documents for $30.00 by inputting Quest project #7006711 on the website’s Project Search page. Please contact QuestCDN.com at 952-233-1632 or info@questcdn.com for assistance in free membership registration, downloading, and working with this digital project information. Copies of the Plans and Specifications and other Bidding and Contract Documents may be obtained from Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc. (AEZS), 4050 Garden View Drive, Grand Forks, information will result in the bid not being opened. Bidders on this work will be required to comply with the President’s Executive Order No. 11246, as amended. The requirements for bidders and contractors .under this order are explained in the specifications. Bids will be taken under advisement and the award of the contract, if awarded, will be made within sixty (60) days after the date of opening the Bids. The City Council reserves the right to reject any or all Bids or to waive any informality in the Bids received as deemed to be most favorable to the interest of the City of Park River. All Work shall begin no sooner than July 6, 2020 and (shall be Substantially Complete by october 2, 2020. All work including punchlist items shall be complete and ready for Final Payment by October 16, 2020. Complete digital project bidding documents are available at www.AE2S.com or www.questcdn.com. You may download the digital plan documents for $30.00 by inputting Quest project #7006676 on the website's Project Search page. Please contact QuestCDN.com at 952-233-1632 or info@questcdn.com for assistance in free "SEALED BID ENCLOSED" on the face thereof. Proposals shall be filled in with ink or typewritten. No alterations or interlineations will be permitted, unless made before submission, and initialed and dated. , The Owner reserves the right to hold all bids for a period of forty—five (45) days after the day fixed for the opening thereof, and to reject any or all bids and waive any irregularities or minor errors in any Proposal, if it appears to the Owner that such irregularities or errors were made through inadvertence. Any such irregularities or errors so waived must be corrected on the Proposal in which they occur prior to the execution of any Contract that may be awarded thereon. Bids will be evaluated based on the data required to be submitted with the bid. In estimating the least cost to the Owner as one of the factors in deciding the award of the Contract, the Owner will consider, in addition to the bid prices, the experience and responsibility of the ND 58201 for a NON-REFUNDABLE charge of $100.00 for each paper set of documents requested or $50.00 for each CD. All costs associated with preparation of Bids shall be borne by the Bidder. Documents may also be examined at the office of AE2S in Grand Forks, Bismarck, and Fargo, ND; and Maple Grove, MN. Done by order of the City Council of the City of Park River, North Dakota, February 24, 2020. Nancy Thompson City Auditor Publish: April 29 May 6 May 13 (April 29, May 6, May 13, 2020) membership registration, downloading, and working with this digital project information. Copies of the Plans and Specifications and other Bidding and Contract Documents may be obtained from Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc. (AE2S), 4050 Garden View Drive, Grand Forks, ND 58201 for a NON-REFUNDABLE charge of $100.00 for each paper set of documents requested or $50.00 for each CD. All costs associated with preparation of Bids shall be borne by the Bidder. Documents may also be examined at the office ofAEZS in Grand Forks, Bismarck, and Fargo, ND; and Maple Grove, MN. Done by order of the City Council of the City of Park River, North Dakota, April 23, 2020. Nancy Thompson City Auditor Publish: April 29 May- 6 May. 13 (April 29, May 6, May 13, 2020) Bidder. The final Contract will be subject to alterations where they may be required for the approval of any federal, state, or local governing or regulating body or agency which has the power to regulate this type of construction. A pre-bid meeting will be held at 10:00 AM CDT, May 6, 2020, via Skype, Zoom, WebEx or similar meeting format. Attendance is encouraged but not mandatory. Dated this 24th day of April, 2020 City of Park River City Hall 514 Briggs Avenue South Park River, North Dakota 58270 By: Dan Stenvold Tltle: Mayor (April 29, May 6, May 13, 2020)