On a five-year rotation, the City of Redwood Falls has a portion of its streets, parking lots, trails and alleys seal coated to prolong the life of those amenities.

Jim Doering, public works project coordinator for the City of Redwood Falls, presented the planned work order for 2018 to the city council at its meeting which was held April 3.

According to Doering, the city will work with Bolton & Menk to develop the bid specifications for the seal coat improvement project at a cost not to exceed $9,500.

At the end of that process the city would then solicit bids for the project. Doering said the cost of the project is estimated to be $268,000 with a budget of $250,000 set aside to conduct the work on the streets and alleys.

An additional $25,000 has been budgeted for the portion of the project for parking lots and trails. 

The work scheduled to be done in 2018 includes all of the streets west of the MnDOT bridge on TH19, north of Bridge Street and west of CSAH 101.

Doering said the project also includes seal coating work on the public parking lot adjacent to the ELCA synod office, the trails at Johnson Park, the Legion Park trails, the Ramsey Park parking lots and roadways and the river link trail down to South Main Street.

The start date is anticipated to begin after Aug. 1, 2018 in order to allow the city’s street department to perform crack sealing and patching in the project area.

Doering said this area is one of the larger that is addressed in the five-year rotation, adding it is the first area in the rotation.

Bids are scheduled to be open April 26, with final approval of the project scheduled to be discussed at the May 1 city council meeting.

The city council approved the request.

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

• Approved a proposal with RDO for the trade of its two oldest loaders at a cost of $38,245. The proposal is approximately $4,000 over the budget of $34,000.

The street department owns four John Deere front-end loaders that are used for snow removal and street maintenance activities.

In the past, the city has entered into an agreement with RDO to trade two of its loaders per year resulting in each loader being traded every other year.

The program has been very cost-effective for the city, as it has virtually eliminated maintenance and tire replacement expenses.

• Held a public hearing to discuss assessments for several delinquent accounts. No one was in attendance for the hearing. There were seven accounts that were approved for the assessments.

Keith Muetzel, city administrator, said the delinquencies range from utility payments to bills for snow shoveling or law mowing. All property owners are notified by letter of the delinquent accounts.

• Approved a request to conduct a PERA actuarial study for the Redwood Area Hospital. The hospital is currently a public employer that participates in the coordinated plan of PERA, and both the employer and employees contribute to the plan.

The State of Minnesota provides enhanced benefits for those employees in the event of a privatization of the entity for which they are working. The benefits are designed to offset some of the adverse impact of terminating PERA covered services prior to retirement.

According to Bryan Lydick, Redwood Area Hospital CEO, the cost for the study is approximately $7,500.

As the city continues its discussion about a possible business arrangement with CentraCare, the actuarial study will determine the impact of the overall privatization for employees.

According to Jody Rindfleisch of the Redwood Area Hospital the study will take about six to eight weeks to be completed and will provide a snapshot for the city using aggregate data to determine how to proceed should an agreement be reached.

• Approved the orderly annexation of a six-acre parcel that is currently part of Redwood Falls Township. According to Muetzel, the owner of that parcel, Joe Thielen, has filed a petition to have it be annexed into the city in order to hook up to city utilities.

For that to happen the land must be annexed into the city.

Muetzel added the city would provide compensation to the township for property tax loss for a period of five years with a total payment of $126.30 which will be paid in a lump sum to the township.

The township adopted the joint resolution at a meeting held March 26.

John Buckley, city council president, expressed his appreciation for the cooperative nature of the township’s leadership as this process unfolded.