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Red Wing City Council briefs: Council approves $2 million solid waste contract

Red Wing City Council members unanimously approved a $2,136,800 contract including a base bid and six alternatives with ECCO Construction of Hastings for the first phase in improvements to the Red Wing Waste Campus. The bid from ECCO was the lowest bid the city received.

Phase 1 of the project includes roof replacement, side panel replacement, internal infrastructure repair, leveling concrete floors and new ventilation. Although the bid exceeds Stantec Engineering estimates by nearly $570,000, Solid Waste Director Jeff Schneider said a number of factors drove up the price.

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency regulations require a cover for the loadout area as well as a concrete surface instead of the facility’s existing asphalt surface. Wear and tear on the concrete tip floor at the facility led to exposed rebar, which often catches on skid steers and has to be cut back with a torch.

Competition in the construction industry, Schneider said, also played a role in the price spike.

“Rebound in construction projects have caused prices to go significantly higher for not just this project, but many other projects,” he told council members Monday.

A renewable energy grant from Xcel Energy will cover $2 million of the cost.

In other business…

  • City Council approved a recommendation from Mayor Dan Bender to appoint Jennie Wendland to succeed Human Rights Commissioner Scott Bender for a three-year term starting January 2017.

  • Council member Peggy Rehder agreed to allocate $300 of her neighborhood fund to Youth Outreach to cover the rental fee for a 25th anniversary celebration scheduled for September in Colvill Courtyard. Each council member is allocated $500 per year.

  • City Council agreed to provide in-kind services to Red Wing Youth Baseball and Red Wing Amateur Baseball Association for the replacement of the Athletic Field scoreboard. The groups plan to fundraise for the scoreboard, which will cost $60,000 to $75,000. They estimate the services would save $15,000 worth of installation fees charged by the vendor.

  • Prairie Island Indian Community will host the annual Minnesota Indian Education Conference today through Friday this week. This will be the first year the conference will take place in southeastern Minnesota. In celebration, Prairie Island will host a powwow at 6:30 p.m. today at Burnside Elementary.

  • City Council declared 1818 Old West Main St. a public nuisance for violation of city codes regarding garbage, storage and junk.

Meeting Watch

The meeting lasted two hours and 25 minutes. All council members were present.

—Compiled by Maureen McMullen, staff writer

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