Board of Aldermen focuses on city-owned properties, contracts

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

At the regular meeting of the Concordia Board of Aldermen Monday, April 3, the board discussed several issues concerning city properties and infrastructure.

City Administrator Dale Klussman presented proposed plans from Robert Rollings Architect LLC, for roof work to be done on the Concordia Community Center. Klussman presented alternate plans, as well. The estimated cost of the roof replacements and parapet repairs is $122,000.

“We have $93,000 in funds set aside for this project, and we did receive money from the Tri-Co Community Foundation to make up the total costs for the project,” Klussman said.

Board members voted unanimously to move forward with advertising for bids for the roof repairs to be based on the plans submitted.

The aldermen also discussed progress on the Americans with Disabilities Act access updates for the bandstand in Central Park. Klussman said he and Lion’s Club President Mark Petersen had discussed placing the handicap ramp on the north side of the bandstand but found it is not feasible as the ramp would stick out too far.

“Tim Crockett, our engineer, had suggested a winding ramp starting at the south side of the bandstand,” Klussman said. “The Lions Club would like to take care of the concrete on the south side, with the help of city workers, and to have it done in time for the Street Fair.”

Klussman said the plan would be for city workers to remove concrete, the west side sidewalk, and some of the existing curbing. He said the city needs to decide whether to use a concrete ramp or a metal ramp. Alderman Wayne Lindemann thought a metal ramp would be the better choice as far as ADA compliance was concerned, and it would also be less expensive than pouring a footing and then pouring a concrete ramp. Alderman Ken Fuchs suggested the city might want to look into pressure treated lumber as well. The ramps will be 4.5-feet wide. The city’s cost would be for the ramp alone, with the Lions Club picking up the remainder.

The Lions Club would like to begin work at he park as soon as possible after the Concordia Fall Festival. A motion was made by Alderman Dwight Emde and seconded by Fuchs to commit to the ramp project and work with the Lions Club to make the bandstand ADA compliant. The motion carried unanimously.

Klussman presented a possible management plan for city-owned land adjacent to Edwin A. Pape Lake. The plan would be for a reseeding and spraying schedule, and a possible 10-year contract with the Department of Conservation for six acres of land for a proposed plant restoration to return those acres to native grasses and flowers. MDC stated the grasses would bring Monarch butterflies and honey bees, and could possibly be good cover for quail. Klussman and Mayor Michael Brown said they would eventually like to see walking trails around the lake with the native grasses. The cost for the planting would be about $25 per acre if the right seeds are purchased at just the right time. Signs also are available from the MDC to inform the public of the native grasses program.

“This would be a 10-year program with an annual burn early in the year to clear things off,” Klussman said. “It would cost the city mowing for a couple of hours every so often and would amount to about $1,000 in additional mowing overall. If we want out of the contract before the 10 years is up, we would have to pay.”

Alderman Larrry Schnakenberg said he likes the idea, while Emde stated that he likes the lake the way it is. Fuchs said he would like Klussman to get a portfolio or a presentation of photos so the board could see what they would be committing to before any final decision is made.

In related business, the board authorized advertising for haying bids for the lake and lagoon areas for 2017-2020. The contract would run from June 1, 2017, to June 1, 2020. The city will advertise for bids to be due by April 19 and awarded at the next regular meeting, scheduled for Monday, May 1. A motion to proceed with inviting and awarding bids for the contract was made and carried by a vote of 3-0 with alderman Lindemann abstaining.

Mayor Brown reported he had attended attended the Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony for Caleb Pfannkuch on Sunday, March 26, at the Scout cabin. Brown read a proclamation and presented it to Pfannkuch, who was in attendance with his parents Alyssa and David Pfannkuch.

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