Paving and street repairs made up the most expensive items at Tuesday evening’s Redwood Falls City Council meeting.
The council approved a bid for the chip sealing of the streets crossing the down town area, awarding the project to M.R. Paving and Excavating Inc. for a total of $58,510 dollars.
The project includes 26,356 square yards of street surface of downtown area in a block formation from Highway 19/71 south to 5th Street, and Highway 71 east to S. Lincoln.
In other city news, the council:
• Approved a $15,443 request from the Redwood Area Community Center to repair cracks in its parking lot. The project hasn’t been budgeted for 2012, but RACC staff wanted to proceed before the damage went any further.
• Approved the final pay reimbursement for Schmidt Construction for the Redwood Falls Phase II bike path, in the amount of $29,445. The final contract price for the project comes to $263,109.
• Approved a resolution acknowledging that a council member, John Buckley, has a financial interest in a local business the city occasionally has purchased products from (Redwood Falls Nursery.)
City Administrator Keith Muetzel stated the resolution is a formality that resolves a longstanding audit issue brought up first in 2007.
• Approved a resolution to formally accept ownership of the three new city welcome signs put up by the Redwood Area Chamber and Tourism.
• Amended the contract with the city hospital’s emergency room doctors, granting them admitting privileges inclusive with new responsibilities.
• Approved a request from the Redwood Falls Public Library to apply for a$13,012 grant from the Minnesota Historical Society to replace the 10-year old microfilm viewer with a new scanner/desktop computer and monitor that would perform the same task.
The grant requires no match, and would come at no cost to the city.
• Approved a request from Dyann Freitag to block off the 700 block of E. Wyoming St. on Aug. 6 from 6-9 p.m. for the residents’ annual block party. In case of bad weather, the date would be Aug. 13.
• Appointed the following as 2012 city election judges: Pat Reitter, Janelle Medrud, Joanne Robinson, Julie Thomas, Charlotte Burgemeister, and Agnes Johanneck.