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GLENWOOD CITY — The City Council heard reports on the progress with planning for the construction of the new Municipal Building and the demolishing of the present Community Center and the old school.
Lynn McIntyre and Kevin Oium of Cedar Corporation, out of Menomonie, gave the members of the Council an update on the planning for the construction of the new facility along West Oak Street at the council’s regular monthly meeting on Monday evening, February 22nd.
The new building will be the home, not only of the Community Center, but the Library, Police Station, and City Hall and will sit on land where the present Community Center is located.
McIntyre explained what has been done so far with planning and meetings with city officials about interior design and work on property transfer as the city had to purchase some land to allow sufficient room for the new structure.
Oium explained that Cedar’s architects have been working on the design and bidding should take place by the end of March,
But, as for the removal of the present Community Center, Oium informed the council that they would bid a package for the demolition of the present Community Center and the old school. It was indicated that the Community Center would have to be removed by May to allow for site work and construction that must start by July 1st.
But, as for the old school, Oium explained that the bid would have a wide window of time to demolish the old school. This wide window, it is hoped, will allow the city to get more bids for doing the job.
There was no discussion on what the cost estimate would be for the demolition work.
During his report to the Council, Pubic Works Director, David Caress discussed the recent power outage and said he was thankful for the generator at the Wastewater Treatment facility and said it ran for seven hours to keep the facility up and running. He also noted that the generator at the new well site gave them some problems, as did the generator at the fire station. Both have been repaired and he noted that he would like to put together a cost plan for annual or bi-annual preventive maintenance of those generators.
Caress also noted that the new truck should be delivered by the end of next week and that there is a service line water leak on Syme Avenue. He also spoke about the order to let your water run to prevent water pipes from freezing. He said that the frost is down to five and a half feet in the streets and told the Council that water temperature in the water mains was at 42 degrees last week and that it has dropped to 41 this week.
Police Chief Robert Darwin reported that the front seat of the 2014 squad car has holes in it from officers sliding in and out with firearms and other items on their belt. He will bring a cost to repair to the council for approval.
Darwin also introduced the new officer on the force, Justin Malean, who told the council that he was from Boyceville.
Vickie Schmidt appeared before the Council, telling them that she will be presenting the Library report monthly. She stated that the Library’s search for a new director has hit a wall. “We only got one application,” she stated and that they offered the job to that person, but he declined.
Schmidt noted that the library board would like to have more dialogue with the City Council and Mayor John Larson stating, “I too would like to sit down with Library Board.” A meeting was set between the two boards for Monday, March 8 at 6 p.m. at the Community Center. She stated, “that it was nice that we have opened our doors to the public.”
Brent Standaert, who has led the Summer Recreation Youth program for the last ten years, spoke to the Council and introduced Kevin Fry, who will be taking over Standaert’s duties with the youth program. Standaert thanked the council for all their support over the years. Members of the council praised Standaert for his work with the program.
Anna Mewis appeared before the council to request a change in an ordinance to allow for chickens on her property. She said, “There will be no roosters.” The mayor put the request into a committee.
And, finally, the council approved the final payment to August Winter & Sons of $40,707.35 for construction work at the Wastewater Treatment facility, and they approved operator’s license to Gabriella M. Loenser and Joshua L. Eads.