11/29/2012 9:21:00 AM Taylors Falls Council to repackage rehab projects
The awarding of bids on remodelling the Taylors Falls Memorial Community Center older bathroom will be delayed. Monday night this week the city council heard that two requests for quotes had been returned, but were not comparable and one missed a portion of the specified work; so council agreed to re-do the bidding for the bathroom as part of the kitchen rehab also planned, but as a separate project. Requests for labor and materials will be rewritten and specificiations will go back out for a combined bathroom-kitchen project, council decided on a 5-0 vote. Work is to be completed sometime in January and February. The council wants to have new information submitted from contractors in order to award the projects by late December. Taylors Falls also was successful in its on-line auction bid for a commercial oven, being sold out of a Wisconsin restaurant. This will be installed as part of the community center kitchen rehab. Monday night council delayed action to transfer the firefighters’ pension investment program to the state. The State Board of Investment was notified that Taylors Falls was interested in the voluntary statewide volunteer fire retirement plan and review of the request has begun. John Tangen, council liaison to the fire department, told council that firefighters have decided to “explore this for next year” and is not comfortable with retirement investments transfer right now. The department will have more internal discussion and report back, Tangen said in pulling the agenda item. Liquor, on-sale and off-sale, and tobacco licenses were approved for 2013 for Petro Plus, Tangled Up in Blue and Romayne’s. The city clerk said she is still waiting for the required insurance and other information from two establishments and that their licenses can be on the agenda when applications are complete. The Taylors Falls Lighting Festival update was given by Council member Mary Murphy. She said 135 youngsters saw Santa at the library. The city public works crew also got city council kudos for performing all the extra tasks that putting on the festival entails.