Council is updated on Armory projects

The Hettinger Armory if getting some things accomplished that have been on it’s to do list for awhile.Posted Feb. 14, 2014

By JAMIE SPAINHOWER

Record Editor

 

The Hettinger Armory if getting some things accomplished that have been on it’s to do list for awhile.

There was hail damage done to the building last May when a massive thunderstorm moved through the area over Memorial Day weekend, and repairs are underway.

“The pipes that were broken have been replaced and that project is completed,” City Auditor Pat Carroll told the council. The cost for repairs was $500, and was less expensive than the council expected it to be.

The gym floor, which can’t currently be used to play on because a sealant of some kind has been used on it in the past, making it unsafe and slippery for older athletes to play on, is going to be able to be cleaned, but not stripped with the current scrub/buffer machine.

“To fix the machine will cost $184, and new squeegie blades are $124,” said Carroll.

However, it can’t be used as a stripper to remove old wax or other surface materials.

The board voted unanimously to get the machine fixed and order new blades.

Several months ago the council voted to remodel the meeting room at the Armory.

“There are several boards and groups that can’t find meeting space,” explained council member Kim Markegard to new member Darrin Seamands, who asked about the project.

Only one bid came in for $11,000 from Voss and Saunders, and it was accepted, with the exception of Seamands. The bid does not include new flooring.

“I don’t think we need more meeting rooms,” he said. “There is this one, the extension office, the chamber, there are lots of places. I’m just against the project in general.”

But, as it was passed before he joined the board, the project will progress.

A lease agreement for the building needs to have a beginning and ending date added to it, Seamands suggested, and the council will ask the city attorney about the specifics.

Seamands also suggested the board put the contract for mowing the city lots out to bid.

The Armory has previously been included in this contract, but won’t be this summer, as it will be taken care of by the custodian.

In other business the board:

• Discussed upcoming possible water line replacements.

• Appointed council committee assignments.

• Discussed sidewalk improvements.

• Heard a presentation from Joel Nichols, community forestry specialist, about the trees and their condition located in Hettinger.

• Gave permission to Chuck Olsen of Endeavor Engineering permission to pursue an energy impact grant for road and sidewalk projects. “The grants schedule is April through July, and is for set aside for city infrastructure.