Hinman Park ball field improvements nearing completion, council learns

GLENWOOD CITY — The City Council learned that the improvements of the two softball fields at Hinman Park are nearing completion. Brent Standaert, who has kept the City Council updated on the progress of the improvements, along with Kevin Oium, of Cedar Corporation reported on the expenses and a couple of small items that were yet to be completed.

[emember_protected] Standaert and Oium went through the list of expenses and the bidding contract with Standaert telling the Council that they have received some $137,000 in revenues and he expects $6,000 from Ford on the recent test drive that was held at the park a couple of weeks ago.

He also noted that the expenses on the improvements were $146,000, and he addressed the $2,000 that the city had budgeted for this year’s program may not be needed. “We are doing very well at the concession stand,” Standaert told the Council.

Later in the meeting the council approved a $4,500 proposal from Royal Construction for material and labor for two dugouts. Mayor Larson wondered if they could be asked for a price on the other two dugouts and maybe the $2,000 could fund that project. The council also approved a payment to Albrightson Excavating for work they did at the park. Oium noted that the $14,707.72 was the fourth payment to the firm and that they will be holding back one percent until a couple of check list items are taken care of.

Standaert reported that they held their first ball game recently on the new fields and got great reviews from the visiting team.

In other money matters, it was learned that at the bid opening for the new well near the water tower along Third Street, which was held on April 27, the low bidder for the well house was Springlake Contracting in the amount of $825,000.00.

At the council meeting of May 15th, they also approved a donation of $500 toward the Eagle Scout Project of Nolan Stodola to place three new flagpoles at the fairgrounds.

In other action the council approved the six outside music events at the M & M Bar on First Street. This is an annual event for M & M with the first event set for July 15 with music from 8 p.m. until midnight. Several council members noted that there have never been any complaints with these summer events.

They also approved operator’s licenses to Haley M. Tiberg and Taylor J. Brittain and allowed the fair to use city picnic tables for an event during the fair.

In her report, City Librarian Marilyn Blumer indicated that the library material checkouts are up by 941 compared to this time last year and that new patrons are up by nine. Blumer informed the Council that Rita Palewicz was working hard on the flowers in the front of the Library. She also noted that Nancy Hover was on the Library Board. Hover praised Blumer to the council for her work with the library calling her creative.

City Public Works Director Dave Caress gave the council an update on the retaining walls along First Street and will be getting more cost figures to replace the crumbling wall. He also noted that he has changed the locks at the burn site and compose area because of the number of keys in circulation and that someone dumped forbidden material at the site. He noted that the city crew would look at everything that is taken to the burn site. [/emember_protected]