Council Meeting 8-7-2012

The following are the proposed agenda items for Tuesday evening’s regular City Council meeting.  The agenda and packet can be found on the City Council web page.


There are two scheduled bid letting items both related to the library.  The first Item #3 rejects the first round of bids for the library roof repair.  Previously, the library received only one bid, and a minor design error published the design specifications with incorrect quantities.  The second item #4 considers approving the current bids.  The final project cost is within $5000 of the design estimate.  There was some discussion among the Library board to install a metal roof on the library.  The Library Director and I do not recommend a metal roof.  A metal roof would cost approximately $80,000 more, and the difference in maintenance is negligible compared with 40-year asphalt shingles.  The resolution to approve bids also includes construction management budgets (previously approved contracts) and contingency.

The consent agenda includes the following:

  • Consider approving a contract with Headliner Talent Marketing for a comedian at 125th Anniversary during the children’s playground activity.
  • Consider approving a contract for fireworks at the 125th Anniversary
  • Consider declaring as surplus 23 seized vehicles
  • Consider declaring as surplus Civic Center hockey boards that will be replaced
  • Consider approving a request to fill up to nine Paid on Call fire fighter vacancies
  • Two items to approve the 2013 transit agreements with the State of Minnesota

Item 20 reconsiders the resolution to award a swimming pool improvements bid to ICS, Inc for $1,523,736.  Mayor Stauss vetoed Resolution 12-07-66.  Reconsideration by the full Council is automatic in the City Charter.  An override of the veto requires six votes.

Item 21 reaffirms the City Council’s support of the waste water interconnect project.  It allows staff to renew projections on the proposed project and to clarify items as necessary with additional parties related to the project.

Item 22 considers the expenditure of $17,930 to relocate a MNDOT traffic signal box from the corner of 4th and DeMers to farther down the block adjacent to DeMers Avenue.  The traffic signal box sits atop the proposed Minnesota Heights development.  MNDOT has submitted a cost estimate of $32,600 to relocate the box.  The developer has agreed to split the cost with the City.  The City contribution includes a 10-percent contingency.

Item 23 considers a resolution supporting the revised and updated Greenway Trail Plan for East Grand Forks and Grand Forks.  The Parks and Recreation Superintendent will present the item.