By Ivan Raconteur
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN Lester Prairie City Council approved plans and specifications for the city’s 2013 infrastructure rehabilitation project (turnback project) during its Feb. 5 meeting, and authorized city engineer Jake Saulsbury to advertise for bids.
The scope of work for the project includes:
• street and storm sewer reconstruction along Second Avenue South;
• widening and adding curb and gutter to the west end of Second Avenue South;
• adding sidewalk along the south side of Second Avenue South;
• street and storm sewer reconstruction on Pine Street;
• sewer and water improvements; and
• patching and sealcoating First Avenue North.
Saulsbury said a bid opening could take place in late March, with award of the project occurring in April.
Construction could begin as soon as road restrictions are lifted in the spring.
Sewer system evaluation
Saulsbury presented results of a sewer system evaluation.
The study identified three areas of the city’s sanitary sewer system that are in most urgent need of replacement.
• Madison Avenue, at an estimated cost of $19,021;
• Pine Street, at an estimated cost of $25,875; and
• Juniper Street, at an estimated cost of $33,120.
Saulsbury presented the information for planning purposes. The council took no action on the proposed repairs.
Archery range proposed
Jim Richardson of the Prairie Archers archery club presented a proposal for an outdoor archery range at Sunrise Nature Park.
Richardson said similar ranges in other cities are used year-round.
The archery club would be responsible for upkeep of the targets.
The project would not start before July, Richardson said.
Council Member Ron Foust said from a risk management standpoint, the city’s insurance advisor should review the proposal.
Richardson said the archery club’s insurance would cover the site.
The council gave its approval for the club to move forward with planning the range on a 4-1 vote, with Mayor Andy Heimerl and council members Eric Angvall, Bob Messer, and Sandie Adams-Bruins in favor, and Foust opposed.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• approved the purchase of two more 4.5-foot spiral snowflake decorations to complete the Christmas street decorations, at a cost of $1,726.
• approved purchase of wreath and garland for Central Square Park at a cost of $4,057.
• approved transfering the local board of appeal and equalization to McLeod County, to eliminate the need for city council members to participate in training.
• approved advertising a vacancy on the planning commission (to replace Sandie Adams-Bruins, who resigned from the planning commission after being elected to the city council).
• heard from City Clerk Marilyn Pawelk that the city received a $3,411 franchise fee payment from Mediacom Communications Corporation.
• accepted the resignation of part-time police officer Alan Lange.
• received a clean, unqualified opinion from Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP on the city’s 2012 audit.