The Granite Falls City Council's first meeting of the new year began with a brief look back as council members took in the 2012 building inspector's report.
According to the information compiled by City Building Inspector Dennis Haslip, residents of Granite Falls were issued a combined 133 building permits over the course of 2012 that totaled approximately $2.1 in estimated construction.
The total value of residential construction permits compared to commercial and industrial permits was almost a perfect 50/50 split. However, the number of permits it took to reach roughly 1.06 million in construction required 113 permits on the residential side compared to 20 for commercial and industrial.
Of the $1.06 million in residential construction, approximately $400,000 was associated with repairs, $150,000 from additions and remodels and $450,000 in new home construction. According to information from City Finance Director Mike Betker, the two permits divvied out for new home construction in 2012 constituted the first permits issued for new homes within city limits since 2008 when there were five.
Of the 20 permits requested for commercial and industrial projects, nearly $900,000 stemmed from remodeling, $100,000 from repairs and $65,000 in new buildings. In all, three new commercial/industrial buildings were constructed in 2012. Between 2008 and 2011 the number of permits issued for new construction ran from three to six permits per year.
Additional data that would put the total value of 2012 construction projects into context relative to prior years was unavailable at the time of publication, however, Mayor Dave Smiglewksi commented, "$2.1 million, that's surprising. It's definitely an uptick from the last couple of years."
Look for the additional analysis in next week's A/T.
In other news:
•In accordance with request of the State Historic Preservation Office, the city called for proposals to complete an archeological survey at the location of the planned site for the new sanitary lift station adjacent to Rice Park. Flood Hazard Mitigation funds are expected to be available to cover this expense.
•Council members held off from signing onto a letter of support for a veterans home to be located in Montevideo. Before doing so, city representatives wanted to be sure the veterans home would not negatively impact the hospital’s plans to build a new nursing home.
•Council members approved a new contract with City Attorney Greg Holmstrom and Assistant City Attorney Kvam for 2013, though the contract goes unchanged from that approved in 2012.
Included in the contract is a base retainer of $1,400 per month based on 96 hours of service per year. Any hours worked in excess of 24 hours on a quarterly basis are billed at $175 per hour.
Over the course of 2012, the city spent $66,779 with the attorneys office.
•Council members reappointed, Dave Berryman, of Rodeberg and Berryman Inc., Montevideo, as City Engineer. The city spent $197,198 with the firm in 2012.
Page 2 of 2 - •Council reappointed, Bolton and Menk, Mankato, as the city’s Airport Engineer. The city spent $58,360 with the firm in 2012.
•Council reappointed Dallas Olson, of HDR Engineering, Rochester, as City Electrical Engineer. The city spent $2,508 for services in 2012.
•Council approved a proposal to provide assessment services by David Hammerschmidt, of Southwest Appraisals, Redwood Falls, for $30,000 in 2013. The expense is unchanged from 2012.