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Redwood Falls Gazette
  • Redwood Falls city council takes action to improve infrastructure

  • The City of Redwood Falls is going to be seeing some major infrastructure work taking place soon, as improvements corresponding with the West River Street improvement project are made and new water main and sanitary sewer lines are added to the west side of the city for the proposed regional material handling facility (county recycling center).
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  • The City of Redwood Falls is going to be seeing some major infrastructure work taking place soon, as improvements corresponding with the West River Street improvement project are made and new water main and sanitary sewer lines are added to the west side of the city for the proposed regional material handling facility (county recycling center).
    Bids were opened Aug. 13 for the trunk sanitary sewer and water main project for the recycling facility, with the council approving the low bid of $565,194.40 from Kuechle Underground of Kimball to do the work.
    The original estimate for the project was $527,550, with the low bid coming in 7 percent higher than what was estimated.
    According to Jim Doering, city project works coordinator, the project is anticipated to begin after the crops have been removed.
    Doering said the soybeans have been removed, with the corn anticipated to be harvested soon.
    Doering said there are currently three outstanding easements being sought for the construction, adding those should be done soon.
    The project is not going in new right of way areas, he added, as the project lies within already existing SMMPA easements.
    Doering said the project is going to include trenches at a depth of 27 feet, which means a lot of land being opened up as the infrastructure is placed. An additional 15 feet of right of way is being requested for temporary construction.
    Doering said it is anticipated the project would be completed yet this fall, adding the funding for the project is coming from the joint powers authority which is working on the recycling center project.
    In addition to awarding the low bid for that work, the city also approved the general obligation bonds award sale for the infrastructure costs associated with the recycling center infrastructure and River Street projects.
    According to Shan-non Sweeney of David Drown Associates, the city opened bids for the bonds Tuesday for the project which he said has a price tag of approximately $1.3 million. Of that amount, $869,000 was part of a 15-year bond. The bid was awarded to United Bankers’ Bank on behalf of Minnwest Bank at a net interest rate of 2.9955 percent.  The net interest cost is $232,100 over the life of the bond.
    Sweeney said there were four bids submitted, with the top two very competitive. Both came in under the 3.16 percent rate that had been estimated.
    Sweeney said the city benefitted from a state law that allows it to use the state’s credit rating for infrastructure projects like this, which  likely saved the city a few thousand dollars.
    In other action during its meeting Tuesday night, the city council:
    • Accepted the resignation of Rachel John-son from her position as an officer with the Redwood Falls Police Department effective Oct. 15.
    Page 2 of 2 - • Approved the em-ployment of Amy Busse as city attorney at a salary of $64,818 with a tentative start date of Oct. 21.
    • Accepted the resignation of Rick Jorgen-son from his position on the library commission and appointed David Peterson to serve on the library commission.
    • Approved a Red-wood Area Hospital dietary dish room remodeling project at a cost of $27,240.33.

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