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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
  • First look at proposed site restoration at water plant

  • Granite Falls council talk green-space versus asphalt for the space.
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    On Monday Granite Falls City Council members got their first look at what the site restoration of the former water plant may look like following the structure’s demolition.
    With more detailed illustrations and cost estimates still forthcoming, council members made no decisions on the matter. Though, councilman Steve Nordaune said that he would like to forego copious amounts green-space in favor of more asphalt, which would require less costly upkeep.
    “There’s probably a lot more parking space available than just four spots,” Nordaune said. “I would like to see more parking area. I would see a fence right up to the edge. I don’t know about the ‘whoopitee’ sidewalk.”
    Mayor Dave Smiglewski said that the area of the site restoration “is going to be very visible.” And also noted that the cost of maintaining green space would be minimal.
    At present, expectations are that demolition of the water plant would not occur until at least this summer.
    In other news:
    •Council members approved the submission of a grant application by the Upper Minnesota River Valley Development Commission for approximately $260,000 in Memorial Park restorations and upgrades.
    According to City Manager Bill Lavin, the grant funds, made available through the Legacy Amendment, would finance up to $100,000 of project costs. Plans currently call for $140,000 for a new shower and bath and house, $90,000 for camp site improvements and $31,000 for roof repairs for the large shelter house. The remainder of the expense would be the city’s.
    •City representatives were informed by Barr Engineering of approximately $400,000 in additional repair work required for the replacement of turbine’s at the Granite Falls Dam.
    In October the council approved the sale of $2 million in bonding to finance a $1,346,000 bid by Robert L. Carr Co., of Marshall to install two 250-kilowatt capacity turbines to replace two, no longer functional, 1930s-vintage turbines of similar size. In addition, the bonding will fund a replacement SCADA system, used in operations of municipal electric utility, and contains contingencies of $24,000 and approximately $168,000 for the SCADA system and turbines, respectively.
    The additional $400,000 in costs is associated with the replacement of both draft tubes utilizing a coffer dam as well as completing repairs to generator number two, according to council information. To help lower overall project costs, Barr Engineering is also providing the city with options that would reduce the scope of project plans.
    At present, such figures are preliminary and council members said that they wanted firm numbers before approving the change order at a later meeting.
    •With councilman Scott Peterson abstaining, council members approved a low bid from Bennett Office Technologies in the amount of $4,181 for replacement of the library’s color copier.

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