Work on the reconstruction of the courthouse square streets will be moving forward, as the Redwood Falls city council awarded the bid for that project at its May 7 meeting.

The city received three bid proposals for the project, with the low bid of $1,222,805 submitted by Schmidt Construction of Redwood Falls. That bid came in 3 percent lower than the engineer’s estimate of $1,257,027.50 for the project.

The project is being made possible by a grant in the amount of $1 million from the Minnesota Department of Transportation through its local road improvement fund.

The agreement for those funds was also approved by the council. The remaining funds for the project will come from the City of Redwood Falls and Redwood County for the street improvements.

The scope of the project may change, though. The county is talking about vacating the northeast portion of the square as part of its justice center building project. That would mean a reduction in the cost of the project.

However, a reduction in the scope of the work does not change the amount of the state grant, as the $1 million allocation will be used first to cover project costs. The total costs of the project including engineering and testing is $1,519,544.

In other action, the city council:

• Declared the old scoreboard at Memorial Field as surplus property and authorized the sale of that scoreboard as a silent auction item at the Friends of the Park annual jamboree.

• Approved a request from Jeff Bommersbach, Redwood Falls Fire Department chief, to add Tony Madsen and Brett Welsh to a one-year probationary period on the fire department effective as of June 1, 2019.

• Approved a request from Easton Quast to install a story trail at the Redwood Falls Public Library as an Eagle Scout project.

• Approved the two-year airport maintenance grant agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation for the airport. The contract would provide $39,634.50 to the city each year.

• Awarded the bid for the airport seal coat improvement project to Asphalt Surface Technologies Corporation of St. Cloud at a coast of $18,497.07. The initial engineer’s estimate for the project was $18,205.10. With professional services the total cost of the project is $19,592.35. Jim Doering, city public works project coordinator, said the city is applying for a state grant to cover 70 percent of the costs of the project. The council approved the request to make that application.

• Approved the employment of Jason Halvorson as the utility line foreman for the city at a rate of $35.06 per hour effective June 3, 2019. The hiring replaced Kent Taber who will retire from that position at the end of May.

• Authorized an agreement with Bolton and Menk, Inc. for professional services for the development of the Carris Health medical facility. The agreement employs Bolton and Menk to review and approve plans and monitor the installation of the municipal improvements and other improvements as they impact municipal upgrades during the project. The estimated cost for the work is $42,000 for all of the tasks involved with the project.