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Montevideo Council awards library repair contract

MONTEVIDEO — Persistent problems with water leaking into the south side of the Chippewa County-Montevideo Library building in downtown Montevideo will be corrected.

Montevideo City Council members on Monday awarded a low bid of $21,599.50 to Peters Construction, of Montevideo, according to City Manager Steve Jones. With engineering, the overall project cost will be $24,043.50. The city is responsible for half the total cost, and Chippewa County for the other half.

The project includes a variety of work to address runoff from the Third Street hill and embankment behind the library building. The gutter was misaligned and other factors associated with the original construction of the building are responsible for the water issues, according to information presented to council members during their meeting Monday.

Council members also agreed to make changes to the city’s ordinances governing parking. Council members hope to address complaints about commercial trucks and trailers being parked on city streets for extended periods of time. The city also receives complaints about semi-trucks, motor homes, boats and trailers left on streets. In some cases, dark-colored trailers without reflective materials have been left parked on streets for lengthy times, and have posed safety concerns for traffic, Jones said.

The current ordinances are difficult to enforce. Council members discussed changes that would restrict the length of time the vehicles and trailers are parked. It’s the long-term parking that generates the most complaints, Jones said.

In other business, council members approved a low-interest, $50,000 loan through the Montevideo Community Development Corporation to Gunlogson Family Chiropractic, P.A., doing business as Cornerstone Chiropractic Health Partners. It is part of a public-private package assisting the business in acquiring the former Dollar Store building.

Council members also approved working with the Montevideo Arts Project, Montevideo Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission to promote public art in the community. The Upper Minnesota Valley RDC will seek grant funds to make possible a mural project in the Artigas Plaza downtown.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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