The Cannon Falls city council approved at its October 15 meeting a request from Tom Bergeson, Public Works Director, to purchase new playground structures for the park areas in the Troll Havn and Evergreen developments off of Goodhue County 17 on the northeast end of the city.
The combined cost of the structures is $82,439, but the city will use a grant to get its cost down to $51,378 (including tax and freight). Money comes out of the park dedication fund, which city administrator Aaron Reeves said sits at about $175,000.
Reeves said there are some funds earmarked for a possible connection to the proposed bike trail coming in from Lake Byllesby, but that there remains enough money in the fund for this.
The Public Works Commission had reviewed and recommended the purchases.
Council member LeRoy McCusker was the lone no vote. McCusker said "it seems like a lot of money." He wondered if large play structures in these smaller parks will limit the ability for kids to hold a ballgame in them.
East Side payment approved
The Council approved a payment (number five) to Hentges for $285,887 that brings the East Side project up to 84% paid for. The total contract for the utility and street work is for $1,728,778.
McCusker voted no on the payment. He said he felt that there was more than 15 percent of the project still to be completed, including final course of asphalt. McCusker said there are a lot of little issues he thinks still need to be resolved and wasn't comfortable going to this level of payment.
Reeves said a lot of final grading, sodding and paving was due to be completed by October 18 and that the city and the contractor would be sitting down to talk about possible penalties due to the late completion.
Mayor Robby Robinson said it will be nice to have it done and that the contractors have been dragging their feet.
McCusker also said the city is going to have to consider looking at what to do with some alleyways in town. Recent street paving projects have left many alleys as gravel. New higher streets with curbs are ending up sending water into some alleys and are or will create some ponding and icing issues.
The Council approved the annual snow removal agreement with MnDOT. The city is responsible for Main St. between 3rd and 5th Streets and 4th Street from Main to Hoffman.
MnDOT pays for accumulating and loading. the city pays for hauling and dumping.