By Starrla Cray
WINSTED, MN What’s rough on top and soft underneath?
To the dismay of firefighters and city council members, it’s the parking lot at the Winsted Fire Hall.
At Tuesday’s work session, Winsted City Council members directed city staff to add $120,745 worth of parking lot improvements to a previous quote from R&R Excavating (the company that is currently under contract for the Kingsley Street improvement project).
Formal approval for the change order will likely take place at the Tuesday, May 2 council meeting.
Including soft costs such as management and inspections, the total project cost will be $138,857.
Work on the parking lot will either start within a couple weeks, or after mid-June. Fire Chief Brian Langenfeld requested that all fire hall accesses be open June 9-10, during the Winstock Country Music Festival weekend.
The existing fire station parking lot was completed in 1998, and is now in poor condition. According to a memo from city engineering firm Bolton & Menk, many of the concrete panels are cracked and breaking up. Some panels have lifted, while others have settled, causing trip hazards throughout the site.
City engineer Josh Eckstein said underneath the parking lot is soft soil with a high moisture content.
“Why wasn’t that found originally?” Council Member Tom Ollig asked.
Eckstein said he doesn’t know what type of inspections were done at the time, but a geotechnical investigation was completed by Independent Testing Technologies in 2010.
During the investigation, five soil borings were taken to a depth of 5 feet, and it was determined that full depth reconstruction would be required to correct the underlying soil issues.
“The overlays just aren’t going to work,” Eckstein said.
The improvement project will include the installation of drain tile, and reconstruction of all pavement on the west side of the fire station. Eckstein said the soil will be compacted and dried before the new pavement is laid.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• appointed Joseph Bayerl to the position of volunteer firefighter with the Winsted Fire Department, contingent upon passing a criminal background check and drug/alcohol tests.
• approved a one-day temporary consumption and display permit for the Winsted Arts Council (141 Main Ave. West) for Friday, May 5. Jazz musician Joyce Lyons will be performing.
• accepted a donation of $125 from the Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce to the police department for the 2017 bike rodeo.
• awarded a bid in the amount of $28,969 to Litzau Excavating to extend the watermain along McLeod County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 1 and install a fire hydrant at Millerbernd Manufacturing, 622 6th St. S. Tienter noted that the hydrant is being added as an exchange agreement for the city’s use of land to build a salt storage shed, approved at a previous council meeting.
• heard that a public hearing will take place Monday, May 8 to review the parks master plan. City Administrator Dan Tienter said the time will likely be 5 p.m.
• heard that the city will be allowed to move forward with improvements to the wastewater treatment facility, as no petition was filed to contest the permit.
• heard that temporary signs made of corrugated plastic are being installed to help direct people to the Luce Line State Trail through Winsted.