By Mari Radtke
A public hearing to accept the details of the installation of the sanitary sewer at the Sutherland Industrial Park opened the regular monthly meeting of the Sutherland City Council. Council considered accepting plans and sepcifications, proposed form of contract and the cost estimate for the project. No member of the public offered any comments. Council later accepted the details for construction of the sewer at the Industrial Park and the engineer’s recommended bidder, Solsma Excavating at a price of $111,710.00. The project will be paid for from Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds. Solsma Excavating was not the low bidder for the project. The low bidder missed a signature and was disqualified, giving the job to the next lowest bidder, Solsma.
Council also opened bids for rent of the Williams’ property, currently getting platted for residential construction. The creation of a subdivision must be completed before other development work can advance. Two sealed bids were opened to rent the 14 acres. Greg Swanson, current tenant, submitted a total bid of $5670.00 or $405.00 per acre.
A bid for a dilapidated house at 208 E 4th Street was opened. It was the only bid for the house acquired by the city for continuous and unaddressed nuisance violations. Bonnie Wallinga submitted the only bid for $100.00 to acquire and rehabilitate the house. Jack Wallinga, her husband and council member abstained. Because of the severe deficiencies of the structure, the council also gave Wallinga 18 months to complete the project.
City Clerk Amanda Vander Hof reported to the council that the city has received its first disbursement of the American Recovery funds in the amount of $44,409.05. They were also provided with information about acceptable uses of the funds.
The city acquired a house at 300 E Birch Street and demolished sits directly east of the proposed subdivision on the Williams subdivision property. Council decided to offer the empty lot for sale for $5000.00. The corner lot does have utilities brought to the property and is a good residential location to construct a new home.
Noah’s Ark Daycare recently purchased the Masonic Lodge on Main Street. The city owns an empty lot adjacent to the building to the west. Council discussed offering the lot to the daycare for use as outdoor playspace and parking. The daycare has not formally requested a purchase of the property, but council chose to position itself to move the sale through the process in the event they are asked.
By Mari Radtke