A local project that was fast-tracked to ensure its completion in conjunction with other work taking place in the same area was approved by the Redwood Falls city council at its meeting held June 5.

The project will include the replacement of a portion of the water main underneath Trunk Highway 19/71 (Bridge Street) at the “Y” intersection.

According to Jim Doering, city public works project coordinator, the city received one bid for the work from GM Contracting, Inc. of Lake Crystal in the amount of $562,194.65.

That bid, said Doering, is 8 percent above the engineer’s $521,076.05 estimate for the work. However, added Doering, the initial bid did not include work to remove the existing bituminous patch in the location nor for the work to replace the concrete following the water main replacement work.

Doering said he does not think it would be in the best interest of the city to bid the project again despite having one bidder, adding most contractors have their work scheduled for the season.

The plan is to conduct the work this summer to coincide with the work the Minnesota Department of Transportation is doing on the roadway.

Doering added the work includes moving that portion of the water main from under the state trunk highway to ensure any future work that is needed can be done more easily by the city. 

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

• Accepted a Minnesota Department of Transportation intersection control evaluation (ICE) report of the TH19/71 and DeKalb Street intersection.

As part of the project on TH19/71 a new signal light is scheduled to be installed, and the transportation study was conducted to ensure that a signal was still warranted at that site.

Doering said the report states the signal was still warranted. T

he council also heard that the work on Bridge Street could begin as early as the middle of July, with all of the project set to be completed in 2018.

• Approved a request from Schult Homes to conduct a color run June 26 on a route from the Schult Homes plant along CSAH 101 on the River Link Trail to old North Redwood and back.

• Approved an on-sale liquor license for the Redwood Falls Lions Club for the annual Summer Splash event being held in the community in late June.

• Approved the parade permit application from Celebrate Redwood Falls. The parade is being held June 22 as part of the Summer Splash celebration. The route of the parade is the same as it has been in recent years.

• Approved a request to declare a 2006 Chevy Impala as surplus property and offer it for sale.

• Declared the curling equipment owned by the city as surplus property and approved its sale.

According to Ross Nachreiner, city parks and recreation director, the city has not had a curling league for the past few years, adding it only owns one set and to have a league really requires two.

In the past, the city leased a second set to allow for the league, but with no interest in the sport, the city parks and recreation department felt the best option was to sell the items.

• Adopted a resolution to move forward with the construction of the streets and underground infrastructure at the courthouse square by initiating the professional services of Bolton and Menk, Inc. to plan, engineer, create bids, etc. for the project at a cost not to exceed $253,210 without authorization from the city council.

The city has been awarded a $1.1 million local road improvement program (LRIP) grant for the project.

The council discussed the project in light of the plans of the Redwood County board regarding the future of the courthouse.

Keith Muetzel, city administrator, told the council that the plan was for the city to work in conjunction with the county on the project to ensure they are following a parallel path. The city and county both have committed funding to complete the project.

• Approved the employment of Chuck Farmer to the position of full-time liquor store clerk at a rate of $17.48 per hour.

• Approved a conditional job offer to Isaac Froehlic to serve as an officer with the Redwood Falls Police Department.