Changes approved for library project


The Mobridge City Council was told Monday, July 16 that changes needed to be made to the heating system in the A. H. Brown Library, starting with the new addition.

The council heard from Library Board President Lora Schultz, that new boilers will need to be installed for the heating system in the current library building to enable the entire system to be fueled by natural gas. She said she believed the heating system was original to the building, which was built in 1929.

An in-floor heating system will be installed in the new addition, a $17,195 change from the original plan. Schultz told the council Monday that running the old boiler system while the new was fueled by natural gas was cost prohibitive. The new addition system with in-floor heating has an estimated savings of $1,837 over the cost of the old heating system. The savings over a three-year period would pay fore the cost of the new boiler system.

Schultz told the council the library board would be asking for the city to budget $5,500 for the cost of the new boiler for the current building in the 2013 budget.

She explained the cost change to the new addition plan was covered through the funding for the project. She explained there was still $39,000 in contingency to cover any unforeseen problems with the project.

Fay Jackman informed the board that the plumbing and other infrastructure for the heating system were installed during the renovation of Main Street in 2005.


Crossing update

Mobridge City Administrator Steve Gasser told the council the road plans for the Main Street railroad crossing have been completed and approved by the South Dakota Department of Transportation (DOT.)  He said the dirt work east of the Fourth Avenue East crossing has been temporarily halted until Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroad crews move the small building that houses the electric system for the crossing. He said BNSF officials told him the crew would be back on Aug. 6, to do that work.

The council approved advertising for bids for the South Main Railroad Crossing project and set Aug. 6. as the date for opening those bids.

Todd Goldsmith of Goldsmith and Heck Engineering of Mobridge told the council the project should be completed in October.

He requested additional funding to complete the changes needed to break the Second Avenue Sewer project into two phases. The first phase has been funded and will be completed at the same time as the South Dakota DOT’s Grand Crossing project in 2013.

The council approved a limit of not more than $10,000 in billing hours for the revision of the plans that will include the storm sewer system for Second Avenue West to include one block north of Grand Crossing.


Rehabilitation grants

Ward III Councilman Gene Cox told the council the housing grants committee had reviewed the application for the home rehabilitation grants and have chosen the following to receive funding for projects.

• 209 Fourth Avenue East, install a handicapped accessable bathroom, $2,087.

• 309 Second Avenue West, painting project, $5,375.

• 209 Fourth Avenue East, install a new roof, $5,373.

• 602 Sixth Street east, re-shingle home, $7,687.

• 224 Second Avenue West, general house repair, $4,000.

• 1311 First Avenue West, new roof, $8,087.

• 409 Fifth Avenue West, new roof, soffit and fascia, $13,165.

The total grant funds that will be dispersed are $45,772.

“We are just at the point where we have approved the requests and are notifying the home owners,” Cox told the council. “They will receive the funding once the projects are done.”

Ward III Councilman Randy Carlson asked how many contractor estimates were requested for each project and who was going to oversee the work.

Mobridge Planning and Zoning Officer Harley Overseth explained only one estimate was required. He said the contractors that gave estimates of the projects have been informed that once the project is completed, and the committee has reviewed the project to ensure it was completed as promised, they would be paid.

City Attorney Rick Cain explained the program is basically a forgivable loan. If the homeowners keep the property for the next five years, they would not be required to pay the money back. If the property changes hands, the homeowner would be responsible to pay the funding back. He said the funding would be for the amount granted only and anything extra would have to be paid by the homeowner.

Cox told Carlson that he and Overseth would be taking before and after pictures of each project and would sign off on the individual projects before the contractors would be paid.

The council approved the funding after those explanations.

– Katie Zerr –

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