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Building demolished

By Staff | Jan 18, 2015

After a lot of preparation and work, the demolition has begun.

The old Outlet Store building on Main Street in Winnebago was deemed a dangerous building several months ago, and the City Council had been working to get the demolition going.

“We met with the engineers from LNS and Travis Winter (Bolton and Menk), as well as the demolition contractors last week,”?city administrator Chris Ziegler said.

The crews were able to actually start the work Jan. 9.

Now there is visible progress on the demolition of the building, which was a potential hazard to pedestrians and nearby buildings.

“The only thing we had working against us was time,”?Ziegler said. “It’s good we were able to get going when we did.”

Ziegler added that it was an advantage that all the contractors and engineers were able to meet and make sure everyone was on the same page.

“We were able to talk about what will happen and what could potentially happen,”?he added.

Ziegler plans to attend the next Faribault County Commissioners meeting in order to update the board members on the progress of the demolition.

That’s not the only major change taking place for the city of Winnebago.

The council was also updated on the status of the city’s two summer events; Winnebago Craft Brewfest and Winnebago Moto Fest.

Jessi Sturtz, the deputy city clerk, explained the most recent discussion about the summer events.

“The decision was made last night (Jan. 12) to combine Brewfest and Moto Fest,”?she said.

The schedule is still tentative; however, they have the dates slated for June 19, 20 and 21.

“We want to try to keep all the schedules and activities the same,”?Sturtz said.

So far, as it has been discussed, the combined event will include a car show, rodeo, food venders, beer tasting, a street dance, parade and much more.

More updates will continue to surface as plans are firmed up. The committee will meet again on Jan. 26, at 7 p.m.

In other business;

new council member Dean Johnson, along with returning council member Scott Robertson and mayor Jeremiah Schutt took the oath of office at the beginning of the city council meeting.

The City Council approved a lawn mowing contract with Schrader Enterprises for $525 per time and a $45 per hour special rate.

The City Council approved the addition of Abby Tolzman as an intern in the city of Winnebago offices for the spring semester.

The next Winnebago City Council meeting will be held on Feb. 10 at 7 p.m.