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Innovation Way to be added to business park
June 21, 2019

BY GABE LICHT
Editor

DELANO, MN – With KLN Family Brands and Aquatix by LSI locating in the West Metro Business Park, a new street between those two properties is needed.

That street is a part of phase two of the park.

Tuesday, the Delano City Council approved advertising for bids for the project.

It includes three parts: the street dubbed Innovation Way and the related utilities, trunk storm sewer improvements to an undersized storm sewer, and bituminous trails along McKinley Parkway and Innovation Way.

Engineers estimate that Innovation Way and the related utilities will cost $679,550, an amount that will be paid by proceeds of land sales in the park.

Engineers estimate the storm sewer improvements will cost $381,458.

“The pond is big enough to handle stormwater,” City Engineer Shawn Louwagie said. “We just didn’t make the pipes big enough.”

Wenck, the engineering firm that Louwagie represents, will pay for those improvements.

The trails will be bid as alternates and are estimated to cost $111,111.

Bids are due Friday, July 12, and will be presented to the council with a recommendation Tuesday, July 16. Construction is slated to begin in late July, with Thursday, Oct. 31, the target for substantial completion.

“I’m assuming you’ve looked at the western property that is not part of the business park yet,” Councilwoman Betsy Moran said. “Innovation Way leads to it. The location where it comes into that property makes sense and has buildable, correctly sized lots in our imagination?”

“We’ve started concepting out the extension of that street,” Louwagie said of the road that city officials plan to connect with Dague Avenue behind Flower Farm at some point.

Moran then asked if Innovation Way was necessary to service the two incoming businesses or if it would just be used for future businesses.

“It is a necessity for the two projects we have coming for street access,” City Administrator Phil Kern said. “Utilities are not a necessity for these two projects. If we’re putting the street in, we need to put utilities in so we can serve properties to the west. For the LSI project, the bulk of the access will come off this street. All of the KLN truck traffic will come off this street.”

Regarding expectations for bids, Louwagie said bids have been coming in higher than expected through the first half of the year, but he believes, as contractors are getting caught up on past projects, that more bidders are coming on board with more competitive bids.

Councilman Jon Sutherland asked if fire trucks would be able to access the road and turn around at the temporary cul-de-sac. Louwagie said he is looking at the turning radiuses of the cul-de-sac and making sure that is the case.

Shade structure and drinking fountain
In 2017, the council had hoped to add a shade structure to the Delano Splashpad.

“We hadn’t opened yet and had spent quite a bit of money on the concession building, so we tabled it,” Kern said.

Now, the city will be able to add that shade structure at no cost, as an anonymous resident is donating funds for it, as well as a bottle-filling drinking fountain at the entrance of Central Park.

“An individual came forward, out of appreciation for the work the city does and out of admiration for our park system, they felt they wanted to make a donation,” Kern said. “We showed a list of projects the park board is working on. They picked this one.”

This donation will address a request from splash pad users who wanted more shade and baseball players looking for an easier way to fill water bottles.

Landscape Structures has offered to sell the shade structure to the city at cost.

Odds and ends
In other business, the council:

• approved a resolution accepting a grant disbursement of $57,677 from the state to reimburse the deputy registrar for extra expenses related to the Minnesota License and Registration System. The city is also releasing the state of any further liability.

• tabled a request from Delano Community Group to waive annual liquor permit fees at The 221 Common House until Councilwoman Holly Schrupp, who was absent for the meeting, and Sutherland, who was not yet present, could join the conversation.

• approved conducting a feasibility report for the city’s portion of the County Road 30 reconstruction cooperative agreement project. This will determine how much benefiting property owners will be assessed for the improvements.

• approved the installation and engraving of a boulder at the entrance of Central Park. The council approved a quote of $1,070 from Randy Szarzinski to engrave the boulder.

• approved a request from Corey Vanderhoff, of Brickside Grille and Tap, for an outdoor music event Saturday, June 29. A portion of Second Street North will be closed, and a band will play from 7:30-10:30 p.m.

• learned that Tour de Tonka will include two routes through Delano Saturday, Aug. 3.

• learned that the splash pad has taken in more than $10,000 dollars in receipts since opening May 24.

• cancelled the July 2 meeting due to the 4th of July and the Aug. 6 meeting due to National Night Out.

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