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City Council will consider airport engineering services contract

WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council will consider a request to authorize the mayor and city administrator to negotiate a contract for professional airport engineering and planning services with Bolton and Menk Inc. of Willmar.

The council will consider the request at 7 p.m. Monday in the chambers at the Municipal Utilities Building, 700 Litchfield Ave. S.W.

According to Megan Sauer, city planner and airport manager, the city wishes to obtain consultants for architectural, engineering and planning services for five years for airport grant projects.

City staff advertised for statement of airport and engineering qualifications and received proposals from five firms. After scoring submittals based on desired skills and qualifications, staff said Bolton and Menk scored the highest and recommended the firm's proposal.

In a written request for council action, Sauer said the city must submit engineering plans and specs in order to receive state grants and awards to move forward with airport-related projects.

Because aviation is such a precise niche, the consultants will assist with preparing documents and guidance through the funding process. As soon as land release and noncompliance issues are resolved at the old and new airport lands, the city will also be eligible for funding through the Federal Aviation Administration.

The consultant's fees will be paid from state and federal grants and will be built into the cost of the projects.

Included in Monday's consent agenda will be the Planning Commission minutes of the March 28 meeting when a conditional use permit was approved for a mosque and related facilities and minutes of the April 11 meeting when members affirmed the findings in support of the permit.

The permit was requested by the Islamic Society of Willmar to operate an Islamic mosque, religious education, adult education and limited child care at 1112 Lake Ave. N.W., formerly the Lafayette Elementary School and First Step Inc. daycare.

In other business, the council will honor retiring city employee Terry Thole, take comments from the public during the open forum, receive reports from the Finance Committee, Labor Committee and Community Development Committee, and renew a lease between the city and Minnesota Department of Public Safety for driver and vehicle services.

The council will meet at 6 p.m. to review the 2013 budget calendar, 2013 trends and review capital improvements.