The City of Redwood Falls is moving forward with the plan to erect a new seven-unit hangar at the municipal airport, and a recent grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the amount of $77,634 is going to help that plan proceed.

According to Jim Doering, public works project coordinator, the grant dollars will allow for the building design phase to proceed.

In addition to the FAA funds, the city is required to provide matching funds, as 90 percent of the project is covered through the FAA grant.

“The city is required to match 5 percent, which is $4,313,” said Doering, adding the Minnesota Department of Transportation is providing the other 5 percent bringing the total design phase cost to $81,260.

The design phase and bidding for the project is scheduled to continue through February 2018. A subsequent grant application will be submitted to the FAA for the construction of the hangar.

Doering said the plan is to create a hangar with five units that are 45’X45’, with the additional two built at 65’X65’. 

The size of the larger units could increase depending on the potential size of the aircraft using the hangar.

Matching funds would also be required for the construction phase of the project, and Doering said he is currently looking at options regarding those dollars.

The total project cost is estimated at $1.3 million.

If all goes well the plan would be to start construction before the end of 2018.

The city council adopted a resolution accepting the grant at its Aug. 1 meeting.

In other action during its meeting, the city council:

• Approved a quote in the amount of $105,281.85 from E&K Construction to repair hail damaged roofs on city property. The damage stems from a hailstorm that hit the city this past March. The plan would be to prioritize the library, Liquor Lodge and old city shop work this year, with other repairs conducted in 2018.

• Approved the initial guaranteed maximum price for the construction and renovation project at the Redwood Area Hospital at $29,780,814. Establishing the initial guaranteed maximum price is a requirement of the USDA application for funding.

• Approved a request from Bryan Lydick, Redwood Area Hospital CEO, to execute a letter of engagement with CliftonLarsonAllen Search, LLC. to help the hospital research, recruit and select a candidate for its director of revenue and finance position. Lydick said there is a high demand for finance positions making it challenging to fine quality candidates without assistance. The cost for the services was set at 25 percent of the total first year cash compensation of the position. Lydick said the current market rate for that role is in the $90,000-115,000 range.

• Approved the purchase of two mounted switches from the Stuart Irby Company as a cost of $27,588.37. The switches will be used on the Monsanto project site and will allow the city to remove the overhead power line that crosses by the stoplight at the intersection of Bridge and DeKalb streets.

• Adopted an ordinance granting a franchise to Great Plains Natural Gas Company to construct, operate, repair and maintain facilities and equipment for the transportation, distribution, manufacture and sale of gas energy for public and private use and to use public ways and public grounds of the city for those purposes. The new 20-year agreement replaces an agreement that was established in 1997.