The Grand Forks County Commission has given Jay Kleven, senior project manager at Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, permission to draft a contract with Sand Steel Building Company for work on the historic fairgrounds grandstand.

The county received three bids, Commissioner Diane Knauf said. Sand Steel proposed the lowest estimated cost and time for the project, which is why Kleven recommended the board select the company for the project.

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At the Feb. 5 commissioners meeting, Kleven said the first phase of grandstand repairs will be completed no later than May 8.

The commissioners also gave their stamp of approval on heavier trucks traveling county roads.

Trucks as heavy as 129,000 pounds will now be allowed to drive on County Road 25. The plan, from private trucking company TranSystems, will allow larger trucks on County Road 25, mostly for transporting sugar beets to the American Crystal Sugar factories in Drayton and Hillsboro, N.D. TranSystems hauls the majority of beets in the area.

County Engineer Nick West brought a permit for the heavier trucks before the board. This permit was an amended version of a permit from Walsh County, which just approved a similar TranSystems request.