Option of city hall to be included with preliminary plans for library/museum expansion
By Kristen Miller
COKATO, MN During a special Cokato City Council meeting Monday, the council discussed adding a future city hall expansion to the current “scope of work” being suggested for the library/museum.
Council Member Wayne Murphy suggested this be added to the current analysis work being done by Gayle Mack from the architectural firm, SEH, for an additional $5,000. At its October meeting, the council already agreed to contribute $10,000 of the $20,000 for a site analysis of the library/museum expansion.
“I think it will be money well spent,” Murphy said.
He told the council Monday since the firm was highly recommended and qualified, the city should take this opportunity to consider a long-range plan for the city hall.
A site to be considered, would include the parking lot adjacent to the current library/museum building, developing a “campus-like facility” with the expansion of the two.
It was also noted that other sites may be considered in the process, including the Keaveny Drug Store location if that were to become an option in the future.
Council Member Butch Amundsen asked why Keaveny’s building was even in the picture since it’s currently being used for a closed pharmacy and did not have suitable space.
Murphy disagreed with Amundsen, stating that the space was indeed big enough and as far as Murphy knew (also being a member of the EDA), the building was still on the table.
Mack explained to the council the expansion could be phased since it may not want to bond for all three of the buildings (city hall, library, and museum) at the same time.
She suggested the council allow her to work with her engineer, determining utility services, a program report identifying square footage needs, and probable costs associated with the relocation.
Murphy made the motion to expand the scope of work to include a future city hall expansion with City Administrator Don Levens being the liaison for the city component. It was noted that the cost would not exceed $5,000.
The motion passed 3:1 with Amundsen opposing. Council Member Gordy Erickson was on medical absence.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• discussed a private road agreement with Tuva Road Development in the Klarbacken subdivision.
City attorney Ron Batty prepared an agreement in which the language was being questioned by one of the parties.
Batty told the council he would look into it further and bring the agreement back to the council at its December meeting.
• reviewed a draft of the recodification prepared by Batty for a number of ordinances that would need to be updated and approved over time.