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CONTRACT for construction of the new Courthouse addition was signed Friday by George Wells, seated right, chairman of the board of Sanders County commissioners, and Marc Rolfson, manager of Rolfson Co., general contracting firm. Looking on, from left, were Commissioner Norman E. Resler, Clerk and Recorder Dixie Vaught, Architect William Howland, Nancy Frazier, secretary to the commissioners, and Commissioner Henry L. Gill. (Ledger photo) HOW THE COURTHOUSE will appear after completion of the new half million dollar addition is shown in this drawing supplied by the architects, William Howland and Associates of Hamilton. The Rolfson STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY HELENA, IONTANA 59601 Sanders County David Tho-ripson • Ledger Most Widely Circulated Newspaper in Sanders County THONI PSON FALLS, MONTANA 59s73 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1977 Courthouse work to start Friday Work is scheduled to get under- way by Friday on the new three-story addition to the Sanders County Courthouse by the Rolfson Construction Co. of Poison, general contractors. Rolfson Friday was Co., which was awarded the $494,000 construction contract Friday by the Sanders County commissioners, is to begin work by Friday. Completion is scheduled within a year. City law outlaws street obstructions To enable city street crews to better maintain and plow snow along the city's streets, the City Council Monday night approved an emergen- cy ordinance making it illegal to leave obstructions, lumber, fire wood, trailers or campers parked on city land. The ordinance was presented to the council by City Attorney Skip Baxter at the request of Mayor David Haase. The ordinance states: \It shall be unlawful to place or to permit to remain within the boundaries and rights of -way of streets and alleys any vehicles, campers, trailers, lumber, fire wood or other obstacles or materials in such a fashion as to prevent or impair the ability of the Town of Thompson Falls to properly maintain, develop and care for said streets Ind slleys or to remove snow therefrom.\ Penalty may be a fine of not less than $5 or more than $100 for each offense and a separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day the violation occurs. In addition to imposition of the penalties, the town shall have the right to remove offending obstructions and to assess the cost of removal against the owner. The city also will have the authority to place a lien against the property removed or upon the premises of the owner where the violation occurs. City personnel had suggested the need for the ordinance to the council because of obstructions which have impaired their snow plowing and The weather Nov. 29 Nov. 30 49 46 33 24 .30 0 Dec. 1 38 26 .19 Dec. 2 36 30 1.21 Dec. 3 60 33 .17 Dec. 4 47 29 .07 Dec. 5 32 22 .12 street maintenance work in the past. In response to a request from the Student Council of Thompson Falls High School for permission to lease the Jaycee Center and turn it into a Teen Center, Mayor Haase advised Mike Wilson, president of the Student Council, and his delegation that the Jaycees still own the building and that the city has no authority over the structure. Alderman Glen Daly said that as (Please turn to p. 6) AT STOBIE'S SHOPPING CENTER, Ed Benton used the traditional shovel to remove snow from the sidewalk. Holiday pictorial due next week '1 he Ledger's annual Holiday Pictorial will be issued with next week's paper. The section, printed in blue ink, will carry scenes, wildlife and activity shots of Sanders County. All subscribers receive the pictorial with their regular paper. Copies, next week only, purchased on the newstands will be 35 cents each. Copies may be ordered mailed by the Ledger for a total of 50 cents each. Unless ordered in advance, the number of extra copies available will be limited. Orders should be received by Friday. AF !TR THURSDAY'S SNOW came Friday's clean-Lir A heavy snowfall was made even heavier by a following rain. Dave Sund used! Single Copy 20c awarded a contract for $494,000 by the Sanders commissioners. Signing the contract were George W. Wells, chairman of the board of county commissioners, and Marc Rolfson, manager of the Poison construction firm. Although Rolfson submitted the only bid for the project, the contract was awarded following the recom- mendation to the commissioners by architect William Howland of Ilamil- ton. Rolfson's bid fell within the amount of money available for the addition, which is being financed by a grant of $552,000 from the EDA (Economic Development Administra- tion). It was not necessary for the commissioners to consider eliminat- ing any of the eight alternates in the bid call. The contract for the construction here is not expected to experience any of the difficulties facing other similar projects in western Montana concerning minority contractors. Rolfson said the federal requirement that 10% of EDA grants be expended with minority contractors would be met handily. Three minority firms will be engaged in working on the project or supplying materials. They include: Pac, Inc., Poison, which will do the excavating and concrete work and furnish masonry supplies; B&W Hardware, Poison, which will supply hardware, metal and miscel- laneous metal items, and Darby Enterprises. Missoula. which will supply the floor covering, finished cabinets and other material. Rolfson will have 12 months to complete the project. but he stated he expects to finish the job by next fall. 'Wilson said he expects to work on the project throughout the winter unless extreme cold forces a shut-down. Bevis Concrete of Thompson Falls will furnish aggregate material for the concrete work, Rolfson said. The addition, which extends along (PI oase turn to p . 2 ) small tractor to clear snow at Sund's 66 Service