Osseo receives updated report about proposed future police building

Council also hears about T2T program, 2013 alley improvements

At the April 22 Osseo City Council meeting, the council received an architect’s report about the proposed future police building. 

The council also heard a presentation on Partnership for Change’s “T2T”program.

A public hearing was hosted regarding the 2013 alley improvements project.

Here are some of the meeting’s highlights.



Randy Engel, Principal with Buetow 2 Architects, gave the council a presentation of an updated revised new police building concept plan. Previously, the council gave approval to a revised concept plan for the building. The proposed new building would be located just north of the current police building in the parking lot shared with City Hall.

Engel said this was an update to the 2011 estimated project details. The project would be 6,600 square feet, which is about 5 percent smaller than the original design in 2011 with the revised site plan.

He added he was asked to see if use of exterior walls composed of wood framing with a brick facade could offer a cost savings. He said the Municipal Facility Class IV designation (a 4-hour hold) of the Minnesota Department of Corrections does not allow for combustible materials in construction. Osseo Police Chief Tom Hartkopf said the only type of holds the department does now in the current building is for someone short term, such as someone waiting for a ride home. He said all to intoxicated individuals are brought to Brooklyn Park or violent or potentially violent people are brought to the Hennepin County Jail in downtown Minneapolis.

Engel added the proposed budget and costs for the construction of the revised project would be $1,500,000. He said this would be about an 8 percent increase in construction costs over the 2011 estimates.

Councilor Mark Schulz asked if the council was just receiving the report. City Administrator Douglas Reeder said that was correct. “We asked for this update of this plan to see if in fact we could greatly reduce the costs or not,” Reeder added. “Even though we reduced the size of [the building] slightly, it doesn’t appear from his report that we can reduce the costs of this particular building design.”

The council took no action on this agenda item. The council felt the discussion should be brought to the Public Safety Advisory Committee, which would then bring a possible recommendation to the council.



Teresa Lunt, Partnership for Change Community Chair, was also before the council to present the second annual T2T program. Partnership for Change is a coalition of youth, parents, schools and community groups that work together to reduce drug use among youth in northwest Hennepin County. The T2T program, which runs now through May 24, is designed to educate youth about the risks of teen drinking and drug use during prom and graduation seasons.

“The ultimate goal of this campaign is that youth, parents and other caring adults follow the T2T weekly messaging, talk about expectations, make smart choices and ultimately taking the T2T pledge,” Lunt said.

She said was asking the council and community to support the youth and the T2T campaign by hosting a yard sign or a poster. These signs are available at the Osseo Police Department.

More information on the T2T campaign is available at www.T2Tmessage.com.



A public hearing took place during the meeting regarding the 2013 alley improvements. Kevin Bittner, with Bolton and Menk, presented the council with more facts about the alley improvement project. The project would reconstruct the alley between Third Avenue N.E. and Fourth Avenue N.E. from Fourth Street N.E. to 93rd Avenue.

At a March meeting, the council stated it wanted the bituminous costs as well as concrete costs. Only bituminous costs and plans were presented to the council at that time.

During the April 22 presentation, Bittner said the project would have the alley have a 16 foot width. Construction of the project would begin in September and be completed within a two-week period of time.

He said costs for a bituminous project would be $109,000 or $154,600 for a concrete project. The city’s current assessment policy is that the city pays 20 percent of the costs for the project, while the 33 benefited property owners pay 80 percent. Each of the affected properties would be responsible for either $2,645 for a bituminous project or $3,750 for a concrete project.

Bittner added the life cycle costs for a bituminous project would be $6,900 annually and for a concrete project would be $6,400. This involves all the costs for the maintenance for the life the pavement. He said a life cycle for bituminous is 30 years and for concrete is 40 years. “We are able to discount the cost of the concrete pavement because of the additional 10 years of value that you get beyond the bituminous pavement,” Bittner added. “When you look at an annualized cost of $6,900 versus $6,400… that’s pretty equal. You’re within 10 percent of each other.”

The public hearing was opened. Only resident James Kelly spoke. He stated the current alley width between his house and his neighbor’s was 11 and a half feet.

Bittner said the width of the alley may vary throughout.

Councilor Rick Weber wondered if the project size could go down to a width of 12 to 14 feet, which could bring the costs for a concrete project. “I don’t think it’s going to harm anything,” he said.

Councilor Schulz said it made more sense to him to go with concrete on this project. Councilors Bonnie Heinen and Allan Harktopf preferred the concrete option for the project as well.

The council first unanimously approved ordering the improvement and preparation of plans for the 2013 alley improvements.

Secondly, the council unanimously approved accepting the proposal of Bolton and Menk for the final design and construction services of a 12-foot concrete alley with an amount not to exceed $25,000.



In other action, the council:

APPROVED the 2013 Seal Coating program within the city.

ACCEPTED the approval to part time Police Officers Mark Bergeron and Mark Ringgenberg.

TABELED action on considering striping for parking purposes on Central Avenue for one month.

APPROVED the resignations of Firefighter Timothy Bahr and Public Works Maintenance Worker Jim Nalezny.

APPROVED an agreement with the city of Corcoran for use of its Outdoor Firing Range at a cost of $50 per day. The Osseo Police Department has used the range for many years, but upgrades to the range have called for an agreement between the cities.