By Roz Kohls
The Dassel City Council made some suggestions last Monday for changes in the plan for the expansion of the Universal Laboratories Building and its community room. The plan will be put out for bids so the council will know how much the expansion with a community room will cost. To see a sketch of the plans, click here.
Council Member Bob Lalone suggested moving the kitchen area to one of the rooms next to the bathrooms and drinking fountains, to save on plumbing costs.
City Administrator Myles McGrath suggested taking out the wall between the storage area and the community room. The space in the storage area might be used for a small stage, he said.
McGrath also advised removing the outside double doors to the archives/storage area because it is inaccessible from the outside anyway. Council Member Bob Wilde agreed. The archive space should be climate-controlled, so it is not good to have it opened up to the outside air, he said.
The parking area will have about 22 spaces painted on the lot on the south side of the building so museum-goers will know where to park. Without painted lines, visitors have been parking in a limited space on the west side of the building.
The drawings for the community room and museum expansion were done by architect Kevin J. Anderson of Little Falls. He is a native of Dassel, and also designed the home of Dan and Carolyn Holje on Willis Street, according to Council Member Pat Haapala.