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W’bago to tear building down

By Staff | Dec 14, 2014

A dangerous building along Main Street in Winnebago is going to be taken care of.

The Winnebago City Council approved a bid for demolition of the old Outlet building during their meeting last Tuesday night.

In September, the council learned the Outlet Store building was deemed a potential danger due to its compromised structure and the council voted to seek bids for demolition.

Three bids came back and were reviewed by the council. They included a base bid for the Outlet Store building and an alternate bid for the work on the building next to it.

Two of the three companies bid with the understanding that they would not do one project without the other.

“It is important that we look at this as one project,” city administrator Chris Ziegler said.

The low bid for both the base and alternate came in from MAAC, Inc. out of Montevideo. The base bid was $100,000 and the alternate bid was $17,455.

City engineer Travis Winter recommended the city approve the low base bid and alternate bid from MAAC, Inc.

“They have worked with Bolton and Menk a number of times,”?Winter said. “I do recommend awarding this to them.”

The council also approved a proposal for structural engineering to determine the structural integrity of the wall of the hardware store and the north building’s wall prior to the demolition taking place.

The cost of that was set at $6,500.

And, when the demolition does take place, it will affect a local business owners storage area. The council discussed ways to help him store inventory until the demolition is complete.

“We walked through the storage area behind Muir Library and thought that would be a good place for him to store things,”?council member Scott Robertson suggested.

The council agreed that a special meeting date should be set up in order to discuss the details of this demolition moving forward.

“I will probably present this to the Faribault County Board next week,”?Ziegler added.

The council also approved their budget at just a 2-percent increase at their meeting last Tuesday.

When they had set the preliminary levy a couple months ago, residents were looking at an 11-percent increase.

After meeting with department heads and taking a second look at the numbers, city administrator Chris Ziegler worked the levy from the preliminary amount of $592,925 to the final $544,446.

“Do you feel this would still take care of anything unexpected that may or may not happen?” council member Jean Anderson asked.

Ziegler felt he whittled the numbers down to a reasonable amount to reduce the levy increase but still cover anything that may come up for the city next year.

In other business:

the City Council approved that the library use capital equipment funds to replace the carpet and the desk in Muir Library.

Approximately $31,000 was placed in the capital equipment fund from Marion Muir’s estate and was intended for use by the library.

A proposal of work was provided to the council and included carpet, carpet removal, desk removal, building a new desk, reinstalling the new desk and moving furniture and books.

The total estimated cost for the work came out to $23,816.

It was thought the work would be completed between Jan. 14-21 and the library would be closed while that work was being done.

The city council approved the renewal of the recycling contract between the city of Winnebago and B&B Sanitation.

They also passed a resolution setting a new recycling rate which was a 50 cent increase per month per household; the rate would increase from $2.50 to $3.