At this week’s Granite Falls City Council meeting the council held a public hearing on the 2018 street and utility improvements. Mike Amborn answered a few questions about the projects, specifically about the need to replace a sewer on 11th Avenue. Amborn assured the council that the life of the sewer was determined to be longer than the life of the new road and wouldn’t require any replacement for years to come.

The council also discussed the Memorial Park Phase One improvements. Phase One includes building a new bathroom and shower facility, tearing the old bathroom facility down, as well as providing all the utilities for the new bathroom facility. This phase also includes significant improvements to the shelter house by stabilizing the structure, primarily focused on the roof and waterproofing. There are also plans for a manually-operated flashing beacon crosswalk and improvements to parking. The bid for Phase One work was awarded to Edman Builders.

Phases Two and Three were also discussed. Phase Two includes relocating the RV campground, build a new playground where the current RV campground is, additional wayfinding and signage, improved hiking trails, and the first phase of invasive plant species removal.

Phase Three involves more work on the shelter house including the rehabilitation of the fireplace, additional electrical work, fixing the doors and windows on the lower level, another new playground on the north side of the highway, improvements to family camping, improvements to the boat launch, additional signage, and additional ecological restoration.

In other news:

The council discussed the new painting of the water tower.

•The council approved an amendment to their drug policy;

•Declared items of city-owned property as surplus and authorized its sale;

•Discussed the sale of two lots to Edman Builders for residential units with EDA Director Cathy Anderson. The council also approved a revised sale of an Industrial lot to E and H Piping, for construction of their new shop.