At the November 27 meetings of the Chatfield City Council and the Committee of the Whole, the future construction of a new municipal swimming pool was discussed. Councilor Paul Novotny was absent.
Burbach Aquatics, Inc. (BAI) submitted a proposal for data collection, survey and site investigation (soil borings) at the proposed site for construction of the new pool. City Clerk Joel Young explained they would like to do the soil borings before the ground freezes. The council approved the preliminary investigative work for which BAI will get paid $13,000 plus reimbursable expenses.
At the Committee of the Whole prior to the city council meeting, a schedule detailing a timeline for the construction of the new pool was provided. BAI expects to meet with the city council in late January or early February to review the site investigative information. At that time the council may direct BAI to complete plans and specifications. The city council may get plans and specifications in May 2018 and then advertise for bids.
Contracts may be awarded in July 2018 with construction beginning in August. The Capital Campaign is expected to be completed in August. Construction is planned to be substantially completed in the summer of 2019 and all construction is expected to be completed by late 2019.
A lease agreement with Chatfield Public Schools was approved, which will allow use of a piece of the school district’s property for the new swimming pool. The city has a lease agreement with the school district for the old pool (1984). The new lease runs from 2017 through 2037. It allows for construction of a new swimming pool on the newly leased premises. It requires the demolition of the old pool, returning that site to pre-construction grade within two years from the effective date of the new lease.
Other business in brief
• Wayne Halvorson was appointed to serve on Planning and Zoning to a term ending January 2020.
• Brian Burkholder updated the council on the Industrial Drive project.
• A resolution was adopted designating the Thurber Building the city’s polling place for 2018. Minnesota Statute 204B.16 requires the designation of the local polling place annually.