The Kewaunee City Council voted unanimously Monday to award the Marquette School demolition project to Dakota Intertek Corp. of New Berlin.

Dakota Intertek was the lowest of seven bidders for the project, which must be completed within about four months after the city completes the acquisition of the old school, which closed almost two decades ago.

The Kewaunee School Board sold the property to a developer who never moved forward with any plans, and the land eventually fell into property tax default.

All seven bidders told the city it would be more expensive to leave the foundation of the old building in the ground rather than remove it from the site.

It is estimated the total project cost will be approximately $1.1 million, including a contingency line item of approximately $150,000. The cost will be offset by approximately $600,000 in grant funds received by the city.

Aldermen also approve a process under which the county will take ownership of the property via a tax delinquency foreclosure, then immediately sell the old school to the city for $1 with a quit claim deed that holds Kewaunee County harmless for any unexpected issues that may turn up.

The County Board’s Finance and Public Property Committee voted May 4 to approve the proposal, and the full County Board will consider it May 22. If supervisors do pass the resolution, the clock would begin to tick on the demolition process.

Dakota Intertek Corporation would be notified and then have 10 days to proceed with the demolition. After those 10 days, the company would have 120 days to complete the project. If the project is not completed within the time frame, Dakota Intertek would face a $500 per day penalty.