The Redwood Area?Community Center has received a $135,833 grant from the Martin and Winifred Ehlers Charitable Trust, and finally decided how to spend the first funds from it.

The donation is intended to be used for special needs and other projects at RACC. After months of discussions among the staff about how to make the best use of the funding, the first projects have been settled upon.

 

The Redwood Area?Community Center has received a $135,833 grant from the Martin and Winifred Ehlers Charitable Trust, and finally decided how to spend the first funds from it. The donation is intended to be used for special needs and other projects at RACC. After months of discussions among the staff about how to make the best use of the funding, the first projects have been settled upon. The first three projects, set for before the end of this year, include: • Four spinning bikes, at $4,474 apiece. • Landscaping (trees and shrubs) along the patio area, at $5,983. • Sprinkler system around entrances, at a cost of $8,653. RACC staff is also hoping to purchase a complete circuit series for the fitness center before the end of the year. Projects tentatively scheduled for next year include adding a three-stall garage, and replacing some doors and bathroom equipment. In other city news, the council: • Approved the 2011 snow removal bids. The following firms will be responsible for separate areas: • Perennial Lawn and Landscaping LLC to provide services at the Redwood Liquor Lodge and Aspenwood Apartments. • Gordy Serbus and Sons Gravel will retain the Redwood Falls Public Library. • Doug’s Lawn and Landscaping Services LLC will retain the hospital, RACC, and Southwaite Town Homes. • Approved the purchase of a new copying machine at RACC for $9,306. The new copier is not budgeted, but funding was available due to the delay of replacing other items in the budget. • Approved a variance for Redwood Building Center, at 811 E. Bridge St., to construct a 41 foot addition to an existing structure on the property. • Approved an conditional use permit from Brett Weelborg to construct a 40 x 50 foot addition onto an existing garage at 735 North Swain Street. • Approved a conditional use permit from James and Candace Oman to construct a second garage on their property at 115 Valley View Drive. In addition, the Omans hope to create a permanent flood berm to help divert floodwaters, and reduce or eliminate the need for sandbagging in the spring.