By Ryan Gueningsman
Delano City Council approved moving forward with the demolition of the former Leland and Sons Auto building, located along Highway 12 in Delano.
The city recently acquired the property through eminent domain as part of a floodplain mitigation grant the city received several years back.
Five bids were received for the demolition project, with a bid of $39,650 from Jay Johnson Construction being the lowest received. Additional bids ranged in cost from $69,360 to $91,900.
City staff met with Johnson, who recently also did the parking lot project at Delano Public Schools on Tiger Drive, and reviewed details of the bid with him.
City Engineer Vince Vander Top of Wenck Associates said he doesn’t anticipate any change orders, but did discuss contaminated soil that had previously been found at the site and had been resolved.
“I guess we could find other buried items,” Vander Top said, meaning oil tanks or additional contamination.
Vander Top said Johnson had contacted the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, which indicated the case had been closed. In his bid to the council, Johnson quoted $1 as the cost for “removal of contaminated soil.”
Vander Top added that, however, it is at the city’s discretion if additional contamination was found, to have it removed.
“He (Johnson) understood that risk and that he’s at risk if they find some contaminated soil,” Vander Top said. “If they find a tank, that’ll be a change order.”
Delano resident Dale Graunke was in attendance at the meeting and asked if there were parameters in place should another tank be found during demolition.
It was noted there are guidelines in place, and also said there is potential reimbursement if the right steps are followed.
Other aspects of the demolition were discussed, including trees on the property, recycling materials from the site, and also the creation of a continuous sidewalk in front of the property.
The council approved the bid from Jay Johnson Construction, and city staff said later in the week, the demolition is tentatively expected to begin Friday, Oct. 1.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• approved the purchase of tenant management software, called HAPPY software, in the amount of $6,630.
This software manages the rent, re-certifications, and other aspects of managing public housing.
• discussed meeting dates, and noted the normal regular city council meeting date for November falls on Election Day.
The council agreed to change the first meeting in November to Thursday, Nov. 4.
The council also noted a subcommittee has been meeting to discuss the city’s electric enterprise and would like to schedule a joint utility commission/city council meeting.
This meeting was tentatively set for Tuesday, Oct. 12, but later in the week, it was realized this is the same time frame as one of the Delano Area Chamber of Commerce’s political forums at city hall. The joint meeting will be scheduled in the near future.