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Bandshell construction moving forward

In a special meeting Monday, the Detroit Lakes City Council voted unanimously to accept the low bid of AAA Construction for the building of the proposed bandshell in City Park.

AAA Construction is also the company that refurbished the Pavilion.

AAA Construction's bid was tabulated at $87,900. The other three bids came from R.A. Bristlin & Son ($114,000), Comstock Construction ($141,700) and Bob Bristlin & Son ($147,782).

With some changes to the bids -- including not having a security fence around the facility -- the city will deduct $4,500 from the bids.

Street Commissioner Roy Estes Jr. suggested funding for the project be taken from several different funds, as to not hit any one too hard.

He suggested $10,000 from the park equipment fund, and roughly $25,000 each from the park dedication fund and the liquor store fund. The city has already received a $42,000 matching fund from the state at the same time it received funding for the Pavilion.

The balance of the park dedication fund will be roughly $214,000 by the end of the year.

"Why wouldn't we want to take it out of there?" questioned Alderman Mat Brenk.

Alderman Bruce Imholte said he didn't necessarily disagree with that, but suggested the park board discuss the issue first.

City Administrator Rich Grabow suggested the council accept the bid, but have the park board and finance committee look at funding before voting to take it from a certain fund.

The council will also look at the outstanding cost numbers for the Pavilion at the next council meeting, July 11.

The contract deadline is Oct. 1, which would mean the bandshell will be functioning this year yet.