BY GABE LICHT
DELANO, MN The City of Delano is working with Landscape Structures and the City of Montrose to replace the playground at Parkview Hills Park.
Landscape Structures approached the city asking to donate three new playground structures at the park, allowing the company to demonstrate it to other potential customers.
Existing equipment at the park is 15 years old, having been installed by the original developer. That makes it one of the oldest playgrounds in the city.
The new playground consists of three areas: a structure for 2- to 5-year-olds, a structure for 5- to 12-year-olds, and a four-swing swing set.
Preparing the site for the new equipment is expected to cost between $8,000 and $10,000. That will cover expanding the site and purchasing new woodchips.
As for the existing equipment, it will be donated to the City of Montrose, which will coordinate the removal of the equipment in order to retrofit, rehabilitate, and add it to a neighborhood park without equipment.
Before agreeing to donate the equipment to Montrose, the Delano Park and Recreation Commission considered whether or not it would be a good fit at another park within the city, such as Woods Creek, Westridge Hills, Savannah Trail, or the Merriman Drive area.
The commission determined that none of those locations would make a good home for the equipment due to the size and/or space of those parks, the lack of land available for it, and/or the costs for Delano to rehabilitate and relocate the equipment being greater than replacing it with other new equipment.
Funds for the project will come from the park improvement fund.
County Road 17/Tiger Drive
The council awarded bids for work on Wright County Road 17 and Tiger Drive to Kuechle Underground, of Kimball, in the amount of $161,180.
That includes $107,075 for replacement of a storm sewer pipe that was damaged under County Road 17 north of Central Park and $54,105 to add drain tile behind the curb on the west side of Tiger Drive between St. Peter Avenue and Rockford Avenue.
If river levels cooperate, the storm sewer pipe could be replaced during the fall. When that happens, there will be a short-term road closure near the wastewater treatment plant.
In the spring, Tiger Drive suffered from excess moisture trapped beneath the pavement, which caused it to break apart in a few locations. New drain tile will help remove excess water under the road surface in future spring seasons to prevent similar problems in the future.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• authorized a housing market study as proposed by Viewpoint Consulting Group in the amount of $8,200, with funds coming from the Economic Development Authority. The study will complete a professional analysis of the housing needs of the community as it pertains to workforce housing, market-rate apartments, and senior housing.
• adopted a resolution designating the Spirit of Community Commission as the Complete Count Committee for the 2020 US Census.
• authorized a request from Councilman Jason Franzen to attend the Transportation Alliance Conference Nov. 4 in Mankato.