BY GABE LICHT
DELANO, MN Delano city staff will remove a playground in the eastern portion of Woods Creek Park in order to correct a grading issue and improve drainage following action by the Delano City Council Tuesday. The council also authorized City Attorney Mark Johnson to review a drainage easement along Railroad Avenue.
“As the city grows and ages, we’ll see similar issues in other neighborhoods,” City Engineer Vince Vander Top said, referencing the changes needed at Woods Creek Park.
Regarding Railroad Avenue, property owner Amy Johnson asked the council to consider installing a drainage pipe, rather than utilizing a ditch, to address longtime drainage issues. She indicated that had initially been a solution identified in a feasibility report for the extension of Railroad Avenue.
Improvements will not be considered until the easement is reviewed.
Discussion of the two drainage issues accounted for more than half of the 70-minute meeting.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• approved a development agreement with Randy’s Rentals. Randy’s will be responsible for special assessments on the property in lieu of typical sewer, water, and trunk infrastructure charges. The city will make tax increment financing available to cover special assessments on the property, and any remaining assessments not covered will be waived by the Delano Economic Development Authority. Randy’s will have 24 months to complete all development work, and will be able to begin as soon as all permits and approvals have been granted.
• approved the purchase of administrative software from BS&A Software at a cost of $115,695, plus $7,485 in annual service fees.
• rejected a single bid received for improvements of a crosswalk on Wright County Road 30 near the Delano Intermediate School and two crosswalks on County Road 17 near Central Park. The city had requested bids from eight contractors. The city will now seek bids for the County Road 30 project separately, in hopes of having it completed in the fall, while the other crosswalk work is now slated for 2019. City public works staff may be able to perform some of the work related to the County Road 30 improvements.
• approved the establishment of a youth liaison program for up to two high school seniors each year. The liaisons will attend at least two council meetings a month, have the option to attend commission meetings, participate in discussions, execute a community-improvement project of their choosing, and receive a $1,000 scholarship.
• approved a contract with Ken Yager for the city’s assessment services at a total price of $30,000, an increase of $2,500. After 10 years of no increases, the price has increased 16 percent over the past two years, while the number of households has increased by about 20 percent since 2006.
• approved reducing the escrow for Crow Springs Fourth Addition by $142,530 following completion of required work. The city will also release the letter of credit funds after working with Johnson to determine to whom those funds should be released.
• approved the purchase of a water heater for the Delano Splashpad. The 150,000 BTU unit, which Aquatix/Landscape Structures used for a photo shoot in the fall, will cost $1,000, plus $1,485 for AR Engh to install it.