By Ivan Raconteur
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN Development of a Casey’s General Store on the east side of Lester Prairie moved forward Tuesday when the city council approved a preliminary subdivision plat and site plan, and scheduled a public hearing on the final plat.
The hearing will take place Tuesday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m. at city hall.
Council Member Sandie Adams-Bruins said the business is expected to employ about 25 part-time and full-time employees when complete.
City hall renovations approved
The council approved quotes totaling $88,155 for improvements to city hall.
The motion was approved 3-1, with council members Bob Messer, Ron Foust, and Adams-Bruins in favor, and Council Member Eric Angvall opposed.
The project involves cosmetic repairs to the hallway and meeting rooms, including painting and replacement of wainscoting; replacement of the accordion doors; replacement of kitchen counter tops, and renovation of restrooms.
The structural portion of the project was awarded to Lee Ford Construction for a quote of $42,601.
The flooring was awarded to Bergmann Interiors for a quote of $26,749. This was not the lowest bid received, but consideration was given to the company for consulting services in planning the project.
Heldt Painting was awarded the painting portion of the project for $6,493.
A-1 Electric submitted the only electrical quote in the amount of $2,462, and was awarded that part of the project.
The plumbing portion was awarded to Tim Purcell Plumbing and Heating for $9,850.
Turnback project update
City engineer Jake Saulsbury provided an update on the city’s turnback project, which began May 17.
Work completed so far includes stage 1 traffic control placement, setup of de-watering equipment, and storm sewer installation in the city park near the water treatment facility and along Second Avenue South to the city pool.
Upcoming work will include installation of the remaining storm sewer along Second Avenue South and Pine Street; sanitary sewer mainline replacements; gate valve and hydrant installation; and street excavation and reconstruction.
Saulsbury is also working on final design of a sanitary sewer lining project.
Bids are expected to be awarded in August, and construction is expected to begin in October.
The council briefly discussed the Prairie Days celebration.
It was noted that during its May meeting, the council asked organizers to attend the June meeting to provide plans on things, including how alcohol was to be handled.
Police Chief Bob Carlson said no one has contacted him about arrangements for this.
Event organizers were not present during Tuesday’s meeting.
Angvall said the city has not approved any arrangements regarding alcohol, so it is his understanding at this point there will be no alcohol at the event.
There was some discussion during which council members noted they have not seen final plans for some proposed events.
Adams-Bruins said she has been in contact with organizers, and there are a lot of plans.
The council took no action regarding Prairie Days.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• amended the hours for the city swimming pool. The new hours are 1 to 7 p.m. daily.
• defeated a motion to allow an archery range at Sunrise Nature Park on a 2-2 vote, with Messer and Adams-Bruins in favor and Foust and Angvall opposed. Those voting against the motion expressed concern about safety at the proposed location, but indicated a willingness to reconsider the proposal in a different location.
• by consensus, agreed not to move forward with consideration of purchasing equipment that would allow the city to record council meetings due to the cost. The council had considered options such as streaming the meetings or making the recordings available online, but the cost estimate was considered too high.
• agreed to move forward with rezoning the city maintenance building property from R-1 (residential) to B-1 (business district), with the understanding the city will need to address drainage issues that affect adjacent properties.
• approved replacement of three park signs at a cost of $798.