Union County’s COVID-19 vaccinations are being distributed by Avera Health. According to Emergency Manager Andy Minihan, in his report to the Union County Board of County Commissioners Jan. 26, Avera contacted him about finding a centralized location where Avera could give out the vaccinations to the population. At first, Avera was looking for a location where they could distribute 100 vaccinations per day; however, since beginning discussions with Minihan, they changed that to 100 vaccinations per week. Minihan said he was taking two representatives around Elk Point to look for a suitable location. More information will be presented as it becomes available.

Courthouse Expansion

Architecture, Inc. was in attendance to present two more conceptual drawings of courthouse expansion to the commissioners. The department heads were there to listen and ask questions. The two options presented were estimated to cost just shy of $5 million. If the commissioners decided to put a basement under the expansion it would be another $200,000 to $322,000. Both options had a drawing for future expansion which included bringing the State’s Attorney, Extension and Assessor’s offices upstairs. If the commissioners were to add that project on now, it would cost another $1.1 to $1.3 million. These are prices if the project went to bid in 2021. Representatives of Architecture, Inc. said if they waited until 2022, they would add three percent to construction costs to be on the safe side. The commissioners made no decisions on the expansion.

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