The Ramsey Park zoo renovations came a step closer to being finished Tuesday.
The Redwood Falls City Council approved sending out bids for the final phase of the project, estimated to cost $258,000.
Most of the funding will come from a $232,200 Parks and Trails Legacy program grant from the state.
The remainder of the cost — about $25,800 — will be split between the city and the Friends of the Park.
The main part of the project, set to begin by June, will be extending the paved section of road and walkway all the way down to the city’s maintenence shed in the zoo.
Depending on funding, the city also hopes to add erosion-control measures to the hills near the zoo.
In other zoo-related news, the city accepted the donation of 243 bushels of grain from the late David Geis, intended for the buffalo in the Ramsey Park zoo.
The grain, valued at $1,604, is currently being stored in the Meadowland Grain Bank.
In other city news, the council:
• Approved two bids for primary underground wire and distributions switches, fuses, and fiberglass box pads to be used by PUC to connect the new East Substation to the existing electrical system.
The distribution switch bid went to Stuart Irby Co. for $99,350.
For the wire bid, after metals pricing and delivery schedules were analyzed, the city went with Border States Electric in the amount of $16,130.
• Approved trading the city’s 1982 tandem truck for a 2005 Sterling tri-axle truck, going with a bid from RDO Equipment Co. of Marshall.
• Approved the appointment of Matt Beavers to the Police Commission, replacing the vacancy left by George Kates.
• Approved a local on-sale liquor and Sunday liquor license for El Cancun, LLC. The license now must be approved at the state level.
• Gave final approval to an ordinance granting a 15-year franchise to Mediacom Minnesota LLC to operate a cable television system in the city of Redwood Falls.