City Council Discusses Summer Pool Dates, Street Improvement Projects – Montevideo American News

Jessica Stolen-Jacobson Editor [email protected]

During the regular mid-month meeting of the Montevideo City Council, one of the topics of discussion was the Montevideo Municipal Swimming Pool. It was noted that the park board met on April 13, recommending that the fee charged to the pool this summer be the same as in 2021. The proposed opening date for 2022 is June 6, the latest open day being in august. 14th. The committee also requested that there be a free day for swimmers on Friday June 17 as part of the Montevideo Fiesta Days celebration, as has been done in the past. The proposals were approved, along with an $84,200 transfer from the general fund to the municipal pool fund to help cover operating costs for the 2022 season.

City manager Robert Wolfington also provided council with information on the Levee project. The Army Corps of Engineers reported that 7,352 cubic meters of clay material was used during the construction in 2021 of phase three of the levee improvement project. The amount used to date was $7,352 at the rate of one dollar per cubic yard. For the final phases of the project, the City has an agreement to purchase the clay material, while the Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for determining the quantities needed. Currently, the contractor and the city are working on the details of the clay required to complete the project, as there will be additional clay required to complete the construction of the dike.

Additionally, council reviewed bids received for the 2022 street improvement project that will take place on Ashmore Avenue to 24th Street, called Project One. The project is partly funded by a grant. The project also includes a utility improvement project on Sixth Street and Eichelberger Avenue. Five bids were received, with the lowest bid coming from Central Specialties of Alexandria for $2,379,895.05. City engineer Mike Amborn noted that there were higher costs associated with the project, as costs are now higher for items such as trucks carrying the asphalt paving materials due to the fuel price inflation. “There are only a few outliers that are highly dependent on a lot of transport that have increased from our initial estimates,” Amborn added. He also noted that the City has found Central Specialties to be a reliable contractor in the past and that the company is able to work within the City’s schedule and budget.

With the slight increase in construction costs, Amborn noted that costs were still within project funding parameters and appraisal rates should remain as originally planned. Council agreed to proceed with the project and passed a resolution stating the cost to be assessed in preparation for the appraisal of the 2022 Street Improvement Project. Council also set a date for a meeting with the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners to discuss the results of a traffic investigation commissioned from the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The survey was taken at the intersection of 24th Street and County Road 15. The appointment was set for April 25 at 7 p.m. at the Public Works building. In other town hall news:

-Council approved changes to the wording of a number of ordinances that imply what materials qualify as suitable fencing materials, wording to clarify the definitions of green space and sports fields, as well as ordinances regarding temporary structures and dumpsters.

-Approval of a change order to allow additional work to be carried out on the HVAC system of the new public works building to address the humidity problems encountered in the building with a financial impact of $10,180.75. -Approved an order for an assessment procedure that allows partial prepayment of assessments.

The Montevideo City Council meets again on Monday, May 2 at 7 p.m.

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