The Redwood Falls street department knew the equipment it uses to maintain city streets was outgrowing its storage shed, and the city council voted to do something about it Tuesday evening.
In recent years, several pieces of equipment have gotten so big they can’t be maintained in the existing city shop. Standard maintenance on those pieces has to be don in the parking lot, which could cause safety problems.
In addition, the wash bay in the current city shop needs repairs, and the building is short of storage space.
Because of all that, the city’s 2013 budget includes nearly a million dollars to fund the construction of a new street department building.
City staff proposed the construction of a pre-engineered metal building of approximately 12,800 square feet, to be located to the northeast of the water plant.
To help the project progress, the council approved a proposal for architectural/engineering services from I&S Group for $30,250.
In other city news, the council:
• Approved several new purchases for the Redwood Area Community Center from the Martin and Winnifred Ehlers Charitable Trust.
The new purchases include new hand dryers in all mens and womens restrooms and locker rooms to Klabunde Electric for $8,950, and purchase another drop-down basketball hoop for court one in the fieldhouse for $7,625.
• Approved the $81,761 purchase of Dragon Voice Recognition software for the Redwood Area Hospital.
• Approved the trade of a 2005 Chevrolet van for a pickup which could be more useful within the public works department, for $4,877, to Scott Preusse.