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Detroit Lakes Fire Department to get new roof, windows

At a special meeting late Monday afternoon, March 22, the Detroit Lakes City Council approved quotes for $160,430 in improvements to the Detroit Lakes Fire Department building. The improvements include replacement of the existing flat roof, plus new windows. Contractors for the project will be Herzog Roofing and Bristlin Construction, both of Detroit Lakes.

The Detroit Lakes Fire Department at 417 West Main St. will be getting a $160,430 facelift this spring, courtesy of local contractors Herzog Roofing and Bristlin Construction.

The Detroit Lakes City Council approved three separate quotes for the project at a special meeting late Monday afternoon, March 22. Herzog Roofing will be replacing the existing flat roof, plus insulation underneath, along with existing metal panels on the exterior walls. The council approved quotes from Herzog of $97,770 for the roof and insulation, plus $45,390 for the metal panels. The quote from Bristlin for the replacement of 11 windows, plus framing and insulation, was for $17,270.

Though the quotes for the windows and roof were approved unanimously, the one for the metal plating was not; Alderman Dan Josephson voted against approving that quote, arguing that it was an aesthetic improvement rather than a health and safety need, and the money could be better spent on other pending projects.
Also at Tuesday's special meeting, the council voted to approve a bid of $1,107,147.31 from J.R. Ferche, Inc., of Rice, Minn., for street and utility improvements in the Lake Forest 8th addition. A total of seven bids for the project were received, ranging from Ferche's low bid to a high bid of $1,230,535.60.

City Engineer Jon Pratt said he was pleased with the bids, noting that he had expected them to come in over the estimated cost, but instead they came in at about $200,000 less than the estimate.

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In other business, the council approved a Sunday liquor license for Jess Omundson VFW Post 1676, and two resolutions authorizing the city staff to apply for funding from the state Public Facilities Authority's Drinking Water Revolving Fund and Clean Water Revolving Fund. Pratt said that the funding, if approved by the state, will be used to help offset the cost of utility improvements on Frazee Street that are slated for this summer.

After the regular business of the council had concluded, they held a workshop to go over the current status of various public facility improvement projects that are in the city's 5-Year Capital Improvement Plan, including a new home for the public works department, City Hall and the Becker County Food Pantry as well as improvements to the grandstand at Washington Ballpark and the Detroit Lakes Pavilion.

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