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Booming Economy Nets Concrete Contractor Shortage For Mandan

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It's another sign of North Dakota's booming economy.

But no concrete bids to the City of Mandan means no City-financed sidewalks and driveway aprons -- that's the flared part of your driveway that connects to the street -- for new home construction.

"The economy's doing great.  The flip side of that is contractors are very busy and having difficulty finding help and that's what we were hearing when we were talking to our concrete folks," says Jim Neubauer, Mandan City Administrator.

Without a public bid, the City cannot special assess the cost of the projects to the properties.  As a result, homeowners are left to pay for these things out-of-pocket -- at least for now.

"We should know that relatively soon, so that folks who are building homes and doing developments will know how much to charge for the lots and also for the homes, because if they have to roll the cost of the apron and the sidewalk into the purchase price of the house, the homeowner needs to know that and also the contractor and the builder needs to know that," notes Neubauer.

The City says private parties are often able to contract for this work at a lesser cost than the rate that results through a public bid process.

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