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Published May 18, 2010, 12:00 AM

Agencies take bids on removal of hay

Those looking for some additional hay have the opportunity to bid to remove hay at the Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport, an airport official said.

Those looking for some additional hay have the opportunity to bid to remove hay at the Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport, an airport official said.

The airport generally has three-year contracts for the removal of hay from airport property, said Matthew Remynse, airport manager.

“We’re required per regulation to have our grass at a certain height based on how far it is away from the runway,” Remynse said. “By haying, it allows the airport to one, meet that regulation, and two have an income from the hay.”

Bids must be submitted on a per-bale basis.

Remynse declined to release how much the airport has been paid in the past for hay removal.

Hay removal is also allowed along the state’s interstate system. In the North Dakota Department of Transportation’s Dickinson District, four sections, approximately 64 miles, of area is available for haying, said Brad Darr, state maintenance engineer with the NDDOT.

The average bid for a section of haying ground in the Dickinson District is $828, according to DOT information.

“We do it by contract, so we go out in June and see who’s interested in doing the hay on our right of way,” Darr said. “It’s a process of calling for bids and we do that through our district offices. We do that once a year and then they (those who remove the hay) get a chance to extend it. If they’ve done a good job and we’re happy with them as a contractor, then we can extend the bid a couple of years, so we don’t have to go through that bidding process.”

District offices are responsible for calling for bids in their area when contracts are up, he added. Anyone is eligible to bid.

The winner of bids cannot begin haying until July, and must wear safety equipment such as brightly colored vests, along with other stipulations, Darr said.

“Typically they do it at least once a year, but sometimes they get a second cutting in,” Darr said.

Anyone interested in submitting a sealed bid for hay removal at the airport may do so until Noon Friday, at which time proposals will be opened and read. They will be considered at a later meeting of the Dickinson Airport Authority.

Bids can be sent to Remynse at 11120 42nd St. SW, Dickinson, ND 58601.

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