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July 16, 2018

7/6/2018 11:59:00 AM
Ready, set: no-go bids delay Moberg Park improvements

Long-anticipated improvements at Chisago City’s downtown Moberg Park may not be completed this summer due to failure to receive acceptable bids.

At a June 14 bid opening, Braden Construction was the only bidder for a planned shelter and restrooms at the park. The city rejected the lone $438,750 bid because it was substantially more than the $275,000 the city had budgeted for the project.

The city also received no quotes for the planned water feature at the park, or for proposed downtown signage and wayfinding. On the positive side, the city accepted Forest Lake Contracting’s lone bid of $51,600 for electrical work in the park and the downtown area because it was “in line with the original estimates.”

Regarding the bidding problems, Project Manager Jim Harbaugh of engineering firm Bolton & Menk recommended the city “rebid or requote the project for late summer/fall start of construction with completion in spring 2019.” However, the council instead instructed City Administrator John Pechman and Harbaugh to reach out to contractors who had previously expressed interest in the work and find out what about the projects had prevented them from bidding and submitting quotes and identify which elements had driven up cost on the shelter and paviion from initial estimates.

The city will then make adjustments and seek new bids or quotes.

“Our hope is that we can obtain acceptable quotes on the work to begin after Ki Chi Sago Days with completion this fall or next spring,” Pechman said after the meeting.

In other business:
- Chisago City will seek a short-term loan from the Minnesota Rural Water Association to finance construction of a sewer line from the city’s public works building at 29429 Karmel Avenue to the lift station at the corner of Highway 8 and Karmel. The line is an important link in providing sewer service to the new Chisago Lakes Elementary School now under construction at 29678 Karmel Ave. The school will extend its sewer line to the public works building, and the city will then bring the line to the sewage lift station. Estimates place the price tag for the city’s share of the project at $602,000. The city wants to trim that cost to something closer to $500,000 in order to borrow the least amount possible, City Administrator John Pechman advised the council.

Using a short-term loan rather than selling municipal bonds will save approximately $2,000, Pechman said. This  will also speed up the bid processing for the sewer project, which is set for fall construction in order to meet the school’s construction deadlines.

- At the request of the city parks department, the council accepted a bid of $8,400 from Aerotek to replace two window air conditioners with central air conditioning, at Strom Hall at Ojiketa Regional Park.

In all, a total of $16,700 will be taken from the city’s reserve funds to pay for work at Ojiketa. That includes $6,000 spent to provide handicapped accessible bathrooms in Trillium and Aspen cabins to make them ADA compliant as requested by the Department of Natural Resources, $8,400 for air conditioning, and $2,300 for electrical installation. (The DNR provided a grant for handicapped accessible picnic tables and fire rings at the park provided that the city make two cabins handicapped accessible.) Strom Hall is rented to the public for private parties, such as weddings and reunions. Administrator Pechman recommended the city raise rental rates at the hall in the future to help defray expenses.

- The council passed a resolution adopting election judges for the Aug. 14 primary election and the Nov. 6 general election. Head election judges are Cheryl Jelinek and Paula Oehme. Others are: Sandra Sproat, Faye Hansen, Sonja Nelson, Gary Maslowski, Janice Bromert, Julie Redpath, Kim Kildal, Virginia Lacy, Susan Anderson, Diane Lindgren, Cathy Paquay, Eamon Anderson, Shirley Lofgren, Greg Paine, Bette Friederichs and Patricia Welsh as well as John Pechman. Election judges are paid $10 an hour. The head judge receives $12 an hour.

- At the request of the park commission, the council voted to use $537.50 in trail fees to pay Chisago City’s share of the cost of printing another 1,000 Water Trail maps. The council stipulated that this is a one-time expenditure and that in the futurewould need to be budgeted. Chisago City and Lindstrom initially had agreed to split the cost of the water trail maps. Lindstrom paid for the first printing.

The water trail allows canoeists and kayakers to explore 10 lakes in the Chisago Lakes chain of lakes, with a number of points of entry and portages along the way. A water trail camp site has been added at Ki Chi Saga Park on Linn Lake in Lindstrom and camping is set up at Allemansratt  park on North Center. Water trail maps are available at Lindstrom and Chisago City offices and at the Chisago Lakes Chamber office in Lindstrom.

- The council approved the design for a 45 ft. x 45 ft. pavilion to be constructed by Chisago Lakes Baptist Church, located between Highway 8 and Wyoming Trail on the west end of Chisago City. Built of wood, the pavilion will be west of the main church building.

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