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April 19, 2019

3/28/2019 12:46:00 PM
Wyoming City Council briefs...

The Wyoming City Council had a short meeting on Wednesday, March 20 when Mayor Lisa Iverson was absent and council member Joe Zerwas used the city’s new remote location attendance policy to “attend” the meeting from Mesa, Arizona.

There was a brief discussion on approving the installation of a new water fountain at Railroad Park along the route of the Sunrise Prairie Trail.

The popular walking and biking spot will get a fountain that is ADA accessible, with a jug filler feature and a pet bowl area for furry friends to grab a cool drink too. There will also be a feature to hook up a hose to it for park goers.

“I really appreciate the fact that it’s ADA compliant,” acting mayor Claire Luger said. “It’s a direction the parks and the city need to move towards.”

Council member Linda Nanko-Yeager questioned the access to the park in general for someone in a wheelchair, as to enter the park, visitors have to cross the railway, which is county property.
City Administrator Robb Linwood said that the county had stated they would help shepherd access to the park and noted that although the fountain might not be accessible right away, they wanted it to be compliant for future development of the park and to add long term value.
Luger noted that it was one of the council’s stated goals during their last work session to bring more ADA accessibility to the city.

County Engineer Mark Erichson also added that a 2020 project from MNDoT will connect the park a bit further away from the railway. Director of Public Safety Paul Hoppe was excited about the project, noting that the Sunrise Prairie Trail is the most utilized amenity in the city.

The city awarded its lawncare contract to Swenson’s Lawn Care for the next three years for a total of $88,105.11. Public Works Superintendent Marty Powers said it is a fantastic price and they used Swenson’s before and they did a great job, a sentiment echoed by council member Zerwas.

Two other companies bid on the contract, RJ Property and Maintenence and Pro Care Co., who had the contract the last two years. But Pro Care came in about $15,000 more than Swenson’s for the three year period and RJ’s bid was over $310,000 total. Powers and the council weren’t quite sure why there was such a discrepancy in their bid, but they were happy with the other two bids they received, saying they were very competitive.

The city also awarded its annual spring street sweeping contract to Allied Black Top. The contract calls for them to sweep the city at a rate of $87 per hour, but the cost is not to exceed $10,000 total. Pearson Brothers had a similar bid, but the city was familiar with Allied’s work as they did the job last year, and Allied also had plenty of scheduling flexibility to get the job done earlier if needed.

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