By Megan Hopps
SUN PRESS Newspapers
The Champlin City Council met Monday, Feb. 24 to review the improvements coming to Andrew’s Park.
The council also discussed the bylaws that apply to the Champlin farmer’s market, and advised city residents to pay special attention to their water pipes during the unusually cold weather.
Andrew’s Park is undergoing improvements. The project is now in Phase II and the council reviewed the progress. The Parks and Public Works department is pleased to announce that, to date, the project is both on time and under budget. A change order was brought before the council for review which included the cost of various items that were being installed. This meant everything from the types of hardware that would be used throughout the project to aesthetic structures like colored concrete.
Mayor ArMand Nelson asked Parks and Facilities Manager Charles Lehn, “For the concrete colors, is that something we didn’t decide to do to begin with and since we’re under budget we decided to do that? And if so, what enhancement does that give us versus using plain concrete.”
Lehn responded, “The architect recommends it to enhance the border of the splash pad.”
After further discussion, Mayor Nelson said, “I think it would be wise for us to not spend the money on that and perhaps save it for other projects.”
Councilor Ryan Karasek added, “On paper, just looking at the numbers doesn’t provide a good visual,” he said. “On paper I see that ‘concrete colors’ costs $2,000 but I can’t see how that visually impacts the project. I guess I’d like to table this and see it before I make a motion to pass it or not.”
Councilor Kara Terry seconded that said, “I agree, I hesitate to pull anything because Park and Rec has been so involved from the very beginning, and we have not been as involved so they would have a better idea of what would look better,” she said. “They’re really the experts so I would want to get their input before we move further.”
Councilor Eric Johnson adds, “You can’t go back and color concrete very easily. We’re spending a lot of money to create a really nice project. I don’t want to skimp in a certain area if its going to detract from the overall vision and look of what we’re trying to achieve. And if it’s $2000 keeps that up to our vision, I don’t have a problem with it. Even with the change order, we’re still under budget.”
No action was taken at this time. The item was pulled to be reviewed by the Parks and Recreation Department. This will not jeopardize the project from a timing standpoint.
The Champlin Farmer’s Market was established in 2005. The goal of the market is to provide residents and those in surrounding communities with fresh, homegrown produce, flowers and other items such as breads and baked goods. The market operates weekly on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from mid-July through late September each year. This item was pulled by councilman Bruce Miller for further discussion.
Councilor Bruce Miller’s biggest concern is, “If this is run for the benefit of our citizens, why do we run it at the time we run it?” he asked. “Most people are at work. If we do it for the benefit of our citizens, why don’t we run it when most people can go to it?”
Parks Manager Charles Lehn responded, “Other farmers markets run parallel to ours,” he said. “It’s convenient for the vendors. They can participate in other communities. It’s also a benefit for our citizens because they can participate in other local markets as well.”
City Administrator Bret Heitkamp said, “When we established other farmers markets were previously operating,” he said. “The only time we could get some of these vendors there. During other times, they had previous commitments. It serves as an opportunity to bring others into the community as well.”
A motion was made to table this item for further discussion.
FREEZING WATER PIPES
Due to the abnormally deep frost conditions, the city has received several reports of water services freezing throughout the community. The city suggests that if resident’s water temperatures fall below 40 degrees after the tap has been running for two minutes, it is best to run the water continuously. The water flow should be about the width of a pencil.
“We’ve seen a number of residents’ water lines freeze,” said Mayor Nelson. “Staff has been working very hard to assist residents with this issue.”
This information is also on the City of Champlin’s website.
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