Washington County will go out for bids to obtain a permanent generator for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Commissioners at their meeting this (Tuesday) morning agreed to issue requests for proposals for a 750 kilowatt generator through the American Rescue Plan Act.

County Judge John Durrenberger said the county has “exhausted all other avenues” of requesting proposals for the generator.  He said the court looked into various ways to reduce costs or pursue a smaller generator, but has “exhausted all of those possibilities.”

The process of securing a replacement generator for the sheriff’s office and jail has been ongoing since March 2021.  The jail has been using a temporary generator since December.

Bids will be due to the county by July 27th at 2 p.m.  A bid will be accepted on August 2nd.

Commissioner Kirk Hanath said it has taken “a very long time” to get to this point, and that “hopefully this is over.”

Sheriff Otto Hanak was at the meeting, but did not comment.

In other items, commissioners:

  • Approved a 60-day extension for excess vacation hours for Vincent Hensen with Washington County Engineering and Development.
  • Heard monthly reports from Information Technology, emergency management coordinator, county and district clerks, justices of the peace, auditor, tax assessor-collector, treasurer, constables and elections.
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  1. Well pat on the backs for the Washington County Commissioners court. You folks do way to little way to slow for an elected official like our Sheriff. We are very lucky to have him and his excellent staff serving and protecting the citizens,shouldn’t be like pulling hens teeth to get a generator for the jail.

  2. Thank you County Commissioners. The Sheriff has a legitimate need not a want and finally starts to get some progress being made on the generator. I am a voter and I do not appreciate our Sheriff being put off for one second over his needs at the jail or anywhere else in his department. It’s really not in the taxpayers interest to have things of this nature delayed.

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