Albertville expects site expansion to bring jobs

Approves 24,500-square-foot addition to Fraser Steel

Albertville City Council approved several steps related to expansion of Fraser Steel — a move that is expected to bring new jobs to the city.

The council also heard about a new plan for the city newsletter, and gave consent to the soccer association using a city-owned building on Main Avenue.



City planner Al Brixius explained that Fraser Steel is proposing a 24-500-square-foot expansion of its industrial building at 11915 53rd St. The existing building is 47,000 square feet.

There were three actions the council members had before them: resolution to approve contract between private development and city of Albertville; resolution authorizing interfund loan for advance of certain costs in connection with tax increment financing district; and resolution approving site and building plans.

The city has a revolving loan that Fraser proposes to use as a development incentive.

As part of the subsidy agreement, city administrator Adam Nafstad later noted that the company plans to add jobs.

“They currently employ about 64 people, and are projecting this could add a dozen or so more jobs,” Nafstad said. “That’s great news, it’s good for the city’s taxbase, and it creates additional jobs.”

The company specializes in tubular mechanical parts. Nafstad said the expansion would be predominantly for manufacturing space, as well as office space and loading docks. The expansion is anticipated in early spring, and would take about four to six months to complete.

“I had the opportunity to tour their building recently and I was just blown away with their technology, the cleanliness of their operation, and their professionalism,” Nafstad said. “They take orders from around the world.”



In further matters, the council gave consent for city staff to use a consultant to assist in producing the city newsletter.

The council had directed staff to develop a publication schedule for the newsletter and research the costs associated with using an outside agency.

City clerk Kim Olson said staff proposes biannual distributions in spring and fall.

“Staff proposes to supplement the distribution with inserts and flyers as necessary with utility bills,” Olson wrote in her report. Newsletters would be delivered the first week in April and October.

She said quotes were received from two companies. “Based on cost comparison, staff recommends using Minute Man Press of St. Michael to produce a graphically designed, four-page full color newsletter.”

Staff also believes this plan would likely save costs, from reduced staff time to printing costs.



In other news, the council gave consent to the youth soccer association leasing the former city hall/public works building.

The building is located on the east side of Main Avenue, just north of the post office.

“The soccer association is interested in the building to use as office space and as an indoor soccer practice area (the garage would be used as the practice area),” administrator Nafstad wrote in his report.

Nafstad noted that no rent figure was decided. He said the building has some needed capital improvements coming up, such as for fire protection and building code standards. The current concept is that the association would pay for these costs and be credited for rent.

“Assuming this concept moved forward, the city would likely receive no rent on this building for perhaps 12 to 18 months, but would have its building improved instead,” Nafstad said. “Once the improvement costs had been fully offset by rent due, the city would begin receiving monthly rent checks.”

In other action, the council:

HEARD that Mayor Jillian Hendrickson and husband Ryan recently welcomed the birth of their baby girl, Emilie Christine.