by Adam Gruenewald
NYA City Council members put in extra work prior to the Fourth of July holiday as they engaged in a fairly lengthy 2 hour, 40 minute-long meeting on Monday, June 26.
While there was a wide variety of items and pressing concerns, several decisions were highlighted including a partial payment for the Wilkommen Park restrooms project.
With the restroom project taking shape near Wilkommen Park as cement has been poured, sidewalks were expected to be completed and the building foundations ongoing, council members approved a partial payment of $60,000 to Shanahan Construction for the Wilkommen Park restrooms project with a $1,200 change order increase for a 24-foot concrete slab work around the bathroom.
Council members previously approved a total of $119,500 towards the project, with the declared intent to spend about $80,000 of city and park funds as donations are still being collected that so far have totaled $6,500 with other savings measures considered as well by the Parks and Recreation Commission. Those include the potential removal of an epoxy floor, delayed installation of a water heater and a partially waived building permit fee.
Randy Clark of Shanahan Construction updated the council on the ongoing project and responded to council members concerns and questions leading to the $1,200 increase.
Speaking on June 26, City Administrator Steve Helget added that while there isn’t an itemized list, the payment goes towards what had been completed up until that point.
“You can see what’s done today,” said Helget. “They do have water extended to the building, the block is done, the flooring is done too and the electrical is still remaining and the roof is next.”
With dividers for the stalls not expected for delivery until July 14, the project will completed after that time with the estimated completion by the end of July.
In other news, the council accepted donations from the NYA American Legion and VFW organizations for the full funds for the installation of scoreboards at the Norwood Sports Complex for softball fields.
As presented by council member Charlie Storms, the two black scoreboards with identical blue sponsorship banners located above the boards, with red displays for balls, strikes and outs and home and guest score and a location of centerfield at 275 feet. The two Daktronics scoreboards will cost a total of $16,119.96.
Both Edina-based AIM Electronics and NYA-based Xtreme Electrical Services have agreed to donate their services to get the scoreboards connected to power.
After considerable discussion with Curfman Trucking owner Steve Curfman regarding necessary revisions to a site plan related to storage concerns, council members postponed to Aug. 28 a variance, conditional use permit and site plan for 600 Railroad Street West accommodating the relocation of Curfman Trucking to a 9,600-square-foot outdoor trucking and maintenance shop with four trucking bays.
They also appointed Theresa Meis to the Economic Development Commission,OK’d a liquor license renewal for Unkle Thirsty’s Bar and Grill for June 2017 to 2018, OK’d a $71,635.75 total payment to Hoglund Bus Company for a 2017 Ford Glaval Bus with grant funds expected for reimbursement, approved already existing signing standards for the RC-1 district, added on-call pay and $100 stipend to the employee handbook, OK’d job descriptions and role changes for Public Service Lead 1 for Brent Aretz and Public Service Lead 2 for Dan Stender, advanced Chris Niesen from Public Service Technician 3 to 4 and approved various upcoming street project bids including $47,194 to Pearson Brothers for street seal coating, $7,295 to Bargen Construction for trail seal coating and $5,525 to Allied Asphalt for sealing and $19,250 to Allied Asphalt for crack filling and $7,311 to Bargen Construction for RePlay installation at the NYA City Hall parking lot.
While taking no action during a work session, council members also discussed reducing the local non-profit fee for renting the Pavilion at $150 or $75 for other rental buildings and set a public hearing for July 24. They also reviewed the Highway 212 underpass project that including updates on a meeting with Central Superintendent Brian Corlett, ongoing city concerns regarding the total cost of the project and the non-ideal location and how to move forward with a $50,000 preliminary engineering study to procure more detailed cost estimates with the idea of approving request for proposals for that study next month.
The NYA City Council will next meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 10.
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