BY GABE LICHT
DELANO, MN Before the new intermediate school can be built, a water main must be relocated.
Delano City Council awarded a bid of $315,718 to SM Hentges & Sons, Inc., of Jordan, during Tuesday’s meeting.
That bid, which was the lowest of the 10 received, was about 10 percent higher than the engineer’s estimate, but more than 14 percent lower than the next lowest bid. In comparison, the highest bid for the project was $612,000.
Work on the project is slated to begin Monday, Nov. 7, with substantial completion of Part 1 by Friday, Nov. 18; substantial completion of Part 2 by Friday, Dec. 16; and final completion by Friday, Dec. 30.
“We have been in discussion with the school and their consultants as far as coordinating this contract with their intermediate site contract,” Assistant City Engineer Shawn Louwagie said. “We have had open communication the last few weeks. They’re OK with the bid.”
The project will be funded by city funds and reimbursed by the school district at a later date.
Councilman Jason Franzen asked if Delano Municipal Utilities should pay a portion of the cost.
“When the school purchased that site, there was an existing water main running through there, and it was made clear in the documents that once that site develops, the school would be responsible for relocating the water mains,” Louwagie said.
City Administrator Phil Kern added that the city gave the site to the school, “in part recognizing the cost to move the water mains.”
Kern also said DMU will cover the cost of some add-ons, such as water hydrants.
Louwagie noted he had worked with SM Hentges & Sons in the past, and called the company a good contractor.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• discussed the 2016 infrastructure project. Louwagie said crews will continue to work on the project as long as the weather holds, but noted the downtown parking lot project may need to wait until spring.
• discussed the city’s ice-skating rinks. Neither the rink near the hockey arena nor the rink in Central Park will be able to be used this winter. Instead, both city rinks will be located across from the wastewater treatment plant on Wright County Road 17. DMU will add lights, and a small building will be added to be used for putting on skates.
• called for a public hearing during the Tuesday, Nov. 15, meeting to consider vacation of right-of-way on Seventh Street.