By Gabe Licht
DELANO, MN Due to unforeseen issues with a sprinkler system, flood improvements at Memorial Ballfield at Central Park will be delayed at least two weeks.
The city has contracted with Doboszenski & Sons to make the improvements, and Town & Country Landscaping has a $53,942 contract for final grading, reestablishing turf, and modifying the sprinkler system with new water lines.
During a preconstruction meeting, subcontractor Gregg Anderson Irrigation classified the existing system which is at least 25 to 30-plus years old as a “residential-type” sprinkler system not typically designed for ball-field use, City Administrator Phil Kern told the city council during its Tuesday meeting.
Anderson proposed upgrading to a new system, at a cost of $36,900, and the city engineer estimates unknown variables would increase the cost to $45,000 to $50,000.
Another option would be to add five or six zones to address under-covered areas of the field and add infield dirt coverage at the request of the Delano Athletic Club for about $5,800.
Jack Lynch, of the Delano Athletic Club, asked if the decision could be delayed to give the club an opportunity to raise the funds necessary to replace the sprinkler system.
After much discussion, Kern recommended tabling the issue until the Tuesday, Sept. 1 city council meeting, and the council agreed to do so.
Land acquisition for floodwall
The city will soon officially own a parcel of land, and has right of entry onto another parcel of land owned by BBS Granite, owner of the former Granite Works building, to be used to construct a flood levy, following approval of a land agreement by the city council.
“The land agreement before you tonight involves BBS Granite donating Parcel A to the city,” Kern said. “Following execution of the agreement, the city will then own Parcel A. Parcel B is being retained by BBS Granite, but they are providing a permanent easement to the city for the purposes of flood levy construction, trail, and grading.”
Kern noted BBS Granite will retain the right to expand the former Granite Works building by retaining that parcel.
“Essentially, both parties will get value and what they need out of Parcel B moving forward,” Kern said. “. . . By BBS Granite working with the city, we are able to put that flood levy between that building and the river, which provides protection to them. All downtown will be protected by this levy.”
He projected that the city would close on the transaction within two to three weeks.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• approved a request from Uppal Group for a preliminary and final plat approval for Clover Springs 4th Addition, which will include 33 single-family lots.
• approved a request from Wright Neighborhoods LLC for a preliminary plat, final plat, and Planned Unit Development amendment for Wright Neighborhoods 2nd Addition, which will include the construction of five twin homes rather than three twin homes and two quad homes. Construction can begin, but two fire hydrants in the area must be fixed by Sept. 18 in order for construction to continue.
• approved a two-year law enforcement contract with the Wright County Sheriff’s Office at $67 per hour, for a total of $391,280 in 2016; and $69.50 per hour, for a total of $405,880 in 2017. These prices include a 3.7 percent increase from 2015 to 2016, and a 3.6 percent increase from 2016 to 2017, compared to the prior contract, which included 3.4 and 3.3 percent increases. The contract provides 16 hours per day of coverage and 24-hour call and general service to the city.
• authorized the following pay requests: A final payment about $113,809 to Doboszenski & Sons for the Delano Business Park Development Project; about $226,212 to Mid Minnesota Hot Mix, Inc. for the 2015 Pavement Improvement Project, including a portion of Elm Avenue and the Central Park parking lot; and a final payment of about $28,649 to Hardrives Inc. for the Highway 12 Turn Lane Improvements.
• recodified Chapter 5 of the city code pertaining to licensing and regulation of alcoholic beverages due to several amendments that have been made since 2009, and to include Sunday sales of growlers of beer and 8 a.m. on-sale alcohol sales on Sundays, as approved by the state legislature.
• appointed Delano Fire Department Captain 1 Willie Staunton to position of assistant fire chief following the resignation of Travis Esler from the position earlier in the year. “I’m just looking forward to the chance to help out and make things better,” Staunton said.
• approved an outdoor patio for Lupine Brewing Company.
• approved an amendment to city code to allow outdoor furniture on public sidewalks, as long as 5 feet of sidewalk remains for pedestrians.
• approved an amendment to the city ordinance regarding tree diseases to include dead trees as public nuisances. Kern said city staff does not look for dead or diseased trees, but does respond to complaints. If an individual cannot pay upfront for a tree to be removed, the city could have it removed and assess the homeowner over time, he said.
• approved an amendment to city code requiring property owners to have their sanitary sewer line inspected, sump pump verified, and an approved driveway surface at the point of sale of their home.
• approved an amendment to city code requiring the city to notify neighbors at least 30 days prior to approving an outdoor music event. Such events must be approved at least 30 days in advance.
• approved an amendment to city code to reduce the maximum length of grass from 10 inches to 8 inches and to require the grass be mowed within seven days, compared to the previous ordinance that allowed up to three weeks.
• discussed placing a monument and electronic sign at the intersection of Highway 12 and Wright County Road 30, as well as possibly placing three smaller signs at the intersections of Highway 12 and Tiger Drive, Highway 12 and Bridge Avenue, and near Central Park on River Street. A total of $80,000 in Economic Development Authority funds is available for the signs. Vital Signs will consult with the city on the project for $80 per hour, with that fee waived if the company receives the bid for the signs themselves.
• heard a report from Wright County Commissioner Charlie Borrell, who reported the county is willing to work with the city on a way to improve the crosswalk at First Street on Wright County Road 30. He also reported that the county and the Three Rivers Park District recently applied for a grant for a trail from Wright County Road 17 south of Delano to Dayton. Councilman Jack Russek suggested connecting said trail to the Luce Line Trail, which he estimated to be a half mile further away.