Willmar City Council to discuss park projects Tuesday

WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council will meet in regular session Tuesday due to the Presidents Day holiday next week.The council will discuss how to spend the $706,000 allotment in the 2016 capital improvement program for park development. At the...

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The Willmar City Council will discuss improvements for Rice Park in Willmar during its meeting, which will be Tuesday instead of Monday due to the Presidents Day holiday.

WILLMAR - The Willmar City Council will meet in regular session Tuesday due to the Presidents Day holiday next week.
The council will discuss how to spend the $706,000 allotment in the 2016 capital improvement program for park development. At the January meeting of the Community Education and Recreation Joint Powers Board, the board members recommended focusing on Rice Park.
Possible projects to be considered at the council meeting include a new shelter, installation of a splash pad and removing old amenities. Work could also include improvements to the concrete plaza, walkways, furnishings, lighting and landscaping along with engineering and contingencies.
The council will also consider approving the application to the U.S. Bank and Minnesota Vikings Place to Play program for a $50,000 matching grant. If awarded, the money would go toward the Rice Park project.
Also Tuesday, a public hearing will be conducted to introduce an ordinance approving the sale of three lots in the city Industrial Park to Dooley Brothers Inc. The gross sale price of the land is $442,747. Dooley Brothers plans to take advantage of a city policy, which reduces the purchase price of industrial park property based on new employees to Kandiyohi County and increase to the market value of the property. City Planning and Development Director Bruce Peterson said they are still working on the agreement.
The council will consider several purchases from Public Works and Community Education and Recreation. At the Feb. 8 Finance Committee meeting, the purchase of a new pool heater for the Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center was requested by Steve Brisendine, Community Education and Recreation director. The high-efficiency heater from Plumbing & Heating of Willmar Inc., which was the low quote out of three, would cost $34,901. The project also includes about $1,000 in electrical work during the install. The 2016 capital improvement program had $40,000 allocated for the project.
The council will also decide on whether to approve the purchases of a Bobcat Toolcat, a Ford F-150, a Ford F-350 and GPS equipment for Public Works.
Public Works requested authorization to seek bids for the Country Club Drive Lift Station and Westwood Court Lift Station projects. The Public Works/Safety Committee recommended the council approve the plans and specifications of both projects and allow Public Works to advertise for bids. The Country Club Drive project is estimated to cost $472,000 and Westwood Court is estimated to cost $851,000. Westwood Court is part of an approved facilities plan to replace four lift stations. The city will utilize financing through the Public Facilities Authority’s Clean Water Revolving Fund. Country Club Drive is a Wastewater Treatment Capital Improvement Project.
The airport maintenance and operation grant from the state for the fiscal years 2016 and 2017 is up for approval by the City Council. The grant reimburses the city for eligible airport maintenance costs. The new contract has increased the amount of reimbursement available to 75 percent of costs with the cap now at $54,863.
“This is a grant we will definitely use,” Sean Christensen, Public Works director, said.
The mayor and full council will meet at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, before the regularly scheduled meeting, for council/staff training.


U.S. Bank and Minnesota Vikings grant could help with Rice Park project

Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email or direct 320-214-4373.

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