The former Harvest Baptist church is going to be demolished. The building on the corner of Fifth and Halvorson streets was purchased by the Redwood Area Library Foundation recently, with the intent of using the land for some future project related to the Redwood Falls Public Library.

Having purchased the site, the leadership of the library in conjunction with city staff put out a request for quotes to demolish the building on the property adjacent to the library.

According to Teri Smith, Redwood Falls Public Library director, the low quote for the project was from TNT Construction/Kerkhoff, Inc. in the amount of $31,000. 

At its meeting Tuesday night the city council approved the quote and approved the request to move forward with the demolition. Three quotes were submitted for the demolition project.

In addition to the demolition, library officials working with city staff also had an inspection of the church property conducted which indicated small amounts of asbestos on site.

As a result of the inspection an estimated quote from Advanced Health, Safety and Security in the amount of $2,180 for asbestos mitigation was presented to the council. The mitigation of asbestos must be done prior to demolition. The city council approved the quote for asbestos removal in the church building.

In other action during its Feb. 20 meeting, the Redwood Falls city council:

• Approved the purchase of a tar kettle from Brock White Construction Materials at a cost of $28,310, which will be used during the crack filling of city streets. In the past, the city had used the tar kettle owned by Redwood County It opted to purchase its own, as overlapping work schedules significantly reduced the availability of the machine.

• Approved a stipend of $100 per month for the Redwood Falls Fire Department secretary, which is an increase from the current stipend of $65 per month. The secretary of the department is responsible for processing department time cards and completing reports that are used to track and bill service calls.

• Appointed Mike Mohr to the police commission.

• Approved a request to rezone the lot at 100 Airport Road from B-3 to a planned unit development (PUD) and subdivide the lot for Bob LeSage on behalf of Redwood Industries for the construction of new buildings as business incubators or storage areas. The council also approved the preliminary plat for the lot.

• Approved an amendment to the Redwood Valley Fifth Addition that will vacate easements and will result in a re-plat of the lots in that area reducing the easements to five feet.

• Approved a request to ask the Minnesota Department of Transportation for an ad-vance of the city’s Minnesota state aid street allocation in the amount of $417,408.29 to help cover the costs of finishing the Gould Street project, work on the intersection of Bridge Street and CSAH 101 (the Runnings intersection) and replacement of traffic signals.

The city receives an annual allocation of approximately $248,000 from the state and is allowed to request an advance that does not exceed four years of advancements.

• Approved the plans for the DeKalb Street project being proposed by Redwood County and approved a resolution indicating any parking along DeKalb Street be limited to parallel parking only.

• Approved a request from the archery deer hunt committee to apply to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for participation in the deer hunt program for 2018.

• Approved a recommendation from the police commission to install stop signs at the intersection of Wyoming and Lincoln streets. The stop signs will be installed for eastbound and westbound traffic on Wyoming Street.