DELANO, MN Demolition of the former Three Crows Café and Coffee House at 225 N. River St. could begin soon.
Delano City Council accepted a bid for that demolition from Jay Johnson Construction, of Montrose, Tuesday evening.
That bid came in at $25,350, compared to the next closest bid of $26,243.50 from Veit & Company, Inc. and a third bid of $45,650 from Landwehr Construction, Inc.
Flood-mitigation funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will cover the cost of demolition.
“They would hopefully start yet this week, depending on permits,” Assistant City Engineer Heather Libby said.
The quote includes asbestos removal, demolition, removing footings, and backfilling the area.
It was also noted that Jay Johnson Construction has demolished buildings in the city in the past.
Assessing delinquent charges
A total of $19,923 will be assessed to four property owners following a public hearing and unanimous council vote.
Finance Director Brian Block explained that the city has the right to have delinquent sanitary sewer, water, stormwater and mowing charges added to property taxes.
“Originally, when we looked at this in October, there were seven,” Block said, noting that three have paid their charges in full.
Of the remaining four, two have not been in communication with the city at all. One delinquent account relates to a waterline break that pushed large amounts of water through the treatment plant.
Of the other two property owners, Block said one had made a partial payment and one had purchased a home after mowing had been done. That individual likely has a claim against the title insurance company involved, he indicated.
Letters have been sent to all four property owners, but none were represented at the public hearing.
All assessments come with a 10 percent interest rate. Block noted that part of the reason the rate is high is to encourage property owners to pay before the chrages are assessed. They will have until Nov. 26 to pay before Block submits the assessment numbers to the county.
Wright County Area Transportation
City Administrator Phil Kern and City Councilman Jack Russek gave an update about Wright County Area Transit.
Russek said the Minnesota Department of Transportation agreed to the budget submitted by Trailblazer Transit, which would put WCAT’s share of the budget at $19,338 in 2015. That total will be split among the 12 participating cities.
Kern noted that Delano had been paying $6,000 for transit services with River Rider.