St. Boni community center project moves forward

By Lorrie Ham

The St. Boni City Council voted June 5 to start the sealed bid process for the remodel/construction of the new Community Center. The project will involve converting the former public works garage adjacent to city hall to a community center.

Bids are due by noon on July 12 with the council planning to review the bids at its July 17 meeting. The public will be able to rent the new community center space instead of the old city hall facility.

City Clerk Brenda Fisk noted that the council had budgeted $15,000 for new carpeting and flooring in city hall and wondered if that should be added to the request for bids. The council approved adding those items to the bid, along with patching and repairs of the front of city hall to match the new construction and an outdoor water fountain.

In a related matter, the council approved Fred Keller’s request for the use of the adjacent ball field and the former public works garage for the Summer Market on Wednesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. The market runs through Oct. 9, but once construction begins on the city hall building, the entire market will be held outside.

The council also accepted the resignations of city assessors Mike Schachterle and Mike Sheplee (Assessor Partners) effective June 1, 2013. The assessors originally planned to resign effective Sept. 30, 2013, but in a letter to the council the pair felt that an earlier contract termination date would allow a new city assessor to begin work immediately to complete the 2014 assessment responsibilities while allowing the city to avoid overlapping payments to multiple assessors.

Schachterle and Sheplee said age, health and available time to conform to the county’s upcoming systems conversion and implementation drove their decision to resign. Per an agreement with Assessor Partners, the city will receive a payment of $2,000 for work needed for correction of parcel data identified by Hennepin County as missing or incorrect earlier this year.

Assessor Partners recommended Dan Whitman as a qualified replacement assessor. Mayor Randy Weible received council consensus to allow Weible to negotiate with Whitman for the current assessment period through the Board of Appeals process. Weible will seek council approval before finalizing a contract.

In other business, the council:

• approved the low bid of $15,604 for asphalt crack repair to Bargen, Inc. of Mountain Lake, Minn. A second bid of $30,625.87 was approved for Pearson Brothers, Inc. of Hanover, Minn., for the 2013 seal coating project.

• approved  a street closure request for Wildwood Avenue from Main Street to Tower Street for the July 13 Spass-Tagen Festival.

• scheduled the annual Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program public hearing for June 19 at 6:30 p.m.

• scheduled a park and ride lot public hearing as required by the Watershed District for June 19 at 6:45 p.m.

• canceled the July 3 meeting due to the Fourth of July holiday.