by Samara Postuma
Earlier in May, the Albertville City Council approved a lease agreement with the STMA Soccer Association for the use of the old public works building located at 5964 Main Avenue NE. The STMA Soccer Association plans on using the facility for offseason, indoor training, clinics and programming.
Since the approval of the lease agreement, city staff have learned that costs to improve the facility are higher than originally estimated by the Soccer Association, so staff developed a detailed scope of work and has met with two general contractors to review the needed improvements to the building. City staff and the soccer association have revised the lease from a five year agreement to six years.
Assuming the improvements come in as estimated, the City will net about $29,000 in cash over the life of the lease, plus the City will end up with a building that is up to code and can be rented to any use that fits the zoning code without further upgrade to the building because currently without significant upgrades the building cannot be leased.
Currently the building is costing the City approximately $6,700 per year to maintain. That cost will drop to approximately $3,650 per year under the lease as the Soccer Club picks up the utility and maintenance costs.
The council unanimously approved the changes to the lease and also two motions authorizing construction to take place with an estimated completion date of Oct. 15.
In an email the STMA Soccer Association sent to their members shortly after the meeting, the Board of Directors expect and plan on being fully operational by Nov. 1. “This will tie in with our winter training schedules for our travel teams,” it read.
In other council actions, the council:
SCHEDULED a joint meeting with the city of St. Michael and the St. Michael-Albertville School Board for Sept. 30. The September 30 joint meeting include discussion about the ice arena.
HEARD that Joyce Flury, director of the Crow River Senior Center has announced her retirement at the end of 2013.