Granite Falls City Council members approved bids for utility and street improvements at their meeting on Monday night. The bid of $523,683.50 was awarded to Quam Construction of Willmar. A bid was also received from Duininck, Inc., of Prinsburg, in the amount of $537,812.50.
The utility projects include the 14th Avenue water main loop; the Industrial Park storm sewer outlet; alley storm sewer work between 15th Street and 16th Street; and the school track area storm sewer. The bid of $448,920.50 for street improvements was awarded to Duininck, Inc. Projects include rebuilding Bergeson Drive, 8th Street between 7th Avenue and 10th Avenue and the alley between 10th Avenue and 11th Avenue from 2nd Street to 3rd Street east of the hospital.
Two other bids were received for the project. Central Specialties of Alexandria offered a bid of $485,707.50 and Bituminous Paving of Ortonville offered a bid of $498,396.75.
After awarding the construction bids, the council then approved a resolution directing Ehlers and Associates to solicit proposals for the sale of General Obligation Improvement Bonds in the amount of $1,250,000 to pay for the utility and street and utility construction and engineering.
River weekend Peg Furshong, Associate Director of C.U.R.E., shared information on the Minnesota River History Weekend and Minnesota State Water Trails 50th Anniversary Celebration set for the weekend of May 17, 18 and 19. Activities on Friday evening include a film and speakers. Saturday morning will kick off with speakers, food, music, paddling theatre, and historic exhibits with live music at the Memorial Park shelter house that evening.
The activities will take place at the K.K. Berge building, Lende Plaza and Memorial Park. Most of the activities are free of charge. Heartland Express will provide shuttle service from designated parking areas to the K. K. Berge building and Memorial Park every 20 – 30 minutes on Saturda, May 18.
"Tickets are still available for the paddling theatre. $10 dollars buys a seat on a Voyager Canoe for a three hour theatre presentation on the river," shared Furshong. "How often can you buy a ticket to see a play, let alone ride in a Voyager Canoe while doing it?"
Council members were apprised of a plan for the Granite Falls Airport that would relocate T-hangers, provide space for a new five unit T-hanger and relocate a future cross-wind runway to the south end of the runway. The plan was presented to the Airport Commission on April 18 by Ron Fagen. Fagen proposes to build a private hanger on a site currently designated for future public hangers. The private hanger will be an addition to the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum located at the airport.
In exchange for utilizing the T-hanger site, Fagen proposes to complete site work including paving for a new location for the public hanger which would provide sufficient space for a five unit T-hanger, and re-grade a different site that would accommodate three privatly owned hangers.
Page 2 of 2 - The current airport plan calls for a cross-wind runway to be constructed in the area where the proposed re-grading and paving would be completed. Fagen has indicated that he would donate the private runway he had constructed to be used for a future cross-wind runway. Modifications to the current private runway would be required to comply with MnDOT standards.
The council went on record as supporting the Fagen proposal pending review and approval by the MnDOT Office of Aeronauti
Hydro power project
The council entered into a contract with Barr Engineering of Minneapolis for a not to exceed price of $74,000. The contract will be for preparing plans and specs for the replacement of the hydro-electric turbines. It also provides for calling for bids for the construction work associated with the project. Those bids will be opened on August 12 and awarded at the August 19 city council meeting.
The council also approved a contract with HDR Engineering, of Minneapolis, for drawing up plans and specs for replacing the city's Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system in the hydro-electric plant. The SCADA system monitors and controls the output of electricity from the plant and gives information needed for coordinating the purchase of electricity for the city's power needs. Those bids will also be opened on August 12 and awarded on August 19. The contract with HDR will not exceed $10,000.
•The council awarded Praxair of Burr Ridge, Illinois the bid of $98 per ton for liquid carbon dioxide for the water treatment plant.
•The council authorized the execution of Firm Electric Service Contract with The Western Area Power Association to run through 2050. WAPA is the city's lowest cost wholesale power supplier and provides an average of 30 percent of the city's power on a year round basis.
•The council authorized the sale of property located at 677 Center Street. This property is owned by the hospital and was the site of their warehouse. The roof on that building collapsed in March damaging the walls and the contents. The building was demolished after being declared a total loss.