Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, Aug. 30, 1999

Cost of ramp to HL city hall surprises council

By Luis Puga

The Howard Lake City Council was surprised Tuesday by the cost estimates for making the city hall handicapped-accessible.

The estimates were from contractors who had bid on a project to add a ramp to the south side of the city hall. Also, the project includes adding a handicapped-accessible route through the interior of the building, and constructing an accessible stairway on the east side of the building to the liquor store.

Two bids were received and presented by architect Gary Hay, who is contracted to oversee the city hall restoration.

Huntunburg Construction of Plymouth submitted a bid for $51,900 and Louis Dammann and Sons Construction from Lester Prairie bid $42,786.

Hay explained that the bids were to be broken up into three parts: a base bid for the ramp, and two alternative bids for the interior work and east entrance.

However, he was not sure if the estimates given were for all three parts of the project.

Both contractors had included a price for the two alternative projects, but Hay thought, due to how expensive the bids came in, they were for everything.

He recommended the council check with the contractors.

The council also felt the bids were high and asked Hay how much he expected the ramp itself to cost. Hay said from previous discussions with other contractors, he had expected the bid to be between $20,000 to 25,000, or lower due to competition between contractors.

Council member Shelly Reddemann asked why that cost might be so high.

Hay said he thought it might be because the ramp would require cutting in a new opening, extending a wall, and relocating an exhaust fan.

He added that the alternative option of putting the ramp on the back of the building would complicate the project since pavement would have to be removed.

The council opted to table the matter until the next meeting.


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