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Delano City Council awards $1 million bid for floodwall
July 27, 2015

Gabe Licht
Editor

DELANO, MN – A year after receiving a bid of nearly $1.5 million for a flood wall along the South Fork of the Crow River, the city of Delano modified the project, rebid it, and received a bid of slightly less than $1 million.

Delano City Council approved the bid from Landwehr Construction, of St. Cloud, contingent on confirming the amount of funding from the Department of Natural Resources, finalizing property acquisition from Granite Works, and finalizing a change order that would reduce the contract amount $31,000, to about $966,000.

“The DNR is anticipated to contribute 50 percent to the cost associated with flood protection,” said Shawn Louwagie, of Wenck Associates, the city’s engineering firm. “Staff is working to confirm the final dollar amount the DNR will contribute.”

A portion of the project is located on property owned by Granite Works.

“Wenck and city staff have met with them many times to share the plans for what we’re doing,” Louwagie said. “We are working with them to transfer a portion of the property to the city in exchange for additional grading along their building.”

After Landwehr was confirmed as the low bidder, the company contacted Wenck about reducing the bid amount by $31,000.

“I’ve never seen a contractor come in and say they’re going to lower their bid after it’s been awarded,” Councilman Jack Russek said.

“I was surprised, but I think they’re very interested in making this go,” Louwagie said.

He said the company would like to start the project as soon as possible.

He noted that the new design would provide more flood protection than the previous plan at two-thirds of the price. Though the new project includes just 416 linear feet of removable floodwall, compared to 660 linear feet in the original plan, it will utilize an earthen berm to provide more protection. The new plan also does not include an amphitheatre, which was originally included in the design.

Both bids for the new design came in under the engineer’s estimate of $1,026,230.

Mayor Dale Graunke noted that the project will change the aesthetics of the area in the short term.

“We’re going to lose some huge trees down there, but it’s unavoidable,” Graunke said. “It will be very bare down there at first. Then, there’s a landscape plan.”

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• accepted a gift of $72,932 from the Gwen Kittock estate to the Delano Senior Center. It will be invested in a municipal bond fund.

• approved a resolution to increase the Delano Fire Department Relief Association pension from $2,575 to $2,600 per year of active service per member, effective Jan. 1, 2016. The city’s estimated contribution for 2016 will remain at $31,000.

• accepted the resignation of Assistant Fire Chief Travis Esler and approved beginning the process to fill the position.

• approved Sunday sales of growlers of beer.

• moved the next city council meeting to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4 due to the National Night Out the same evening.

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