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By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Counter tops delay building completion

 


Five counter tops are holding up the completion of the new Moose Lake Community School building, Superintendent Robert Indihar reported at the school board meeting Monday, July 17.

“We can't get a Certificate of Occupancy until those five counter tops are installed,” he added. “They have to install plumbing once the counter tops are in and finish some other work.”

Landscaping and work on the athletic fields will be started.

“They will be moving in heavy equipment right after this meeting,” said Indihar.

In answer to a question about the needed grass seed before the meeting, Indihar explained he resolved that issue earlier in the day.

The landscaping contractor, Peterson, had said grass seed had not been in the documents of the bid package. Indihar said he had pulled out a diagram of the landscaping and showed that seeded areas were noted on the diagram. It will be done, he added.

During the meeting, Indihar told the board they still have $230,000 in interest on the bond funds that can be used for facilities at the new school.

The board had identified a storage building, well and grading the baseball field as well as the track as main priorities at the working meeting on June 21.

A cost estimate for a 50-foot by 100-foot storage building was $110,000, said Indihar. The estimate had two doors in the building, but more were needed. It was also mentioned that estimate did not include electricity. One bay should be heated, added Indihar.

He also contacted Kent Well Drilling and learned the cost estimate for a 200-foot well was $15,000. The cost to bury irrigation lines to the fields is $49 a foot. A second well could be added if necessary to get good pressure, it was said.

The cost to grade the baseball field, build the mound and add seeding was estimated at $48,000. It was suggested to add the baseball field back into the athletic fields that would be part of the athletic complex for the immediate future.

There was discussion about where football practices will be held in Moose Lake. One grassy area is available near the bus garage, but another area is not suitable. Two practice fields are needed.

Indihar said there will be some changes made to the boys locker room in the new school and it may not be available for practices that start August 14.

Indihar said he will talk with the new superintendent, William Peel, at Willow River about the problem.

The board accepted a $5,000 donation from the PTA for the playground at the new school. A portion of the funds will be used to purchase a buddy bench and a tree, it was said.

The board also accepted a $5,000 grant from the Twins organization to go toward the baseball field. A plaque will be placed on the field to note the funds from the Twins, said board member Kris Lyons, who had applied for the grant along with Amanda Cisar.

Jeff Olson, the transportation supervisor, and Brian Raygor of Como Oil met with the board to discuss the location of the new propane tank by the bus garage. The school district will be leasing buses fueled by propane for the next three-year lease period.

The board members discussed relocating the tank, instead of placing it where the tank for diesel fuel had been. Ideas were suggested.

Olson and Raygor went to the bus garage and sent a message back stating they found a good location for the tank. The board will accept the new site at a special meeting on July 24.

In a report by the new business manager, Kara Burn, the board learned the school will receive funds for maintenance of the building from the state in a Long-term Facility Maintenance Plan. The school district had to submit a 10-year maintenance plan.

“It was based on January of this year, and that is with the old school building,” said Burn. “The new building will be on it next year so we will only receive half of what we get this year. It is based on the total of state aid and levy, the number of students and the age of the building. If the family center sells and this building sells, those will be removed from the plan.”

Indihar pointed out there will still be expenses incurred for the old school, such as utilities. He also said similar funds were used to replace the siding on the school bus garage.

“This is a new program,” he said. “We could get about $70,000 in deferred maintenance. We've never had these monies; this is significant. The state has recognized that many of the school buildings are old and there has been no money for maintenance.”

The board adopted the resolution to set up the Long-Term Facilities Maintenance Plan.

The board also passed a motion to increase the cost of the breakfast and lunch meals for students by 10 cents and for adults at 20 cents for each meal.

The board also accepted the purchase from the city of the playground and a 40 by 40-foot garage at the old school. The purchase price was $20,000. Both facilities are next to the city's campground. The property will have to be surveyed and the legal papers drawn up before the purchase is final, said Indihar. The city and school will split the costs for the legal work.

Lyons announced the Proctor Area Historical Society donated 15 flats to be used in the theater as backdrops. The Jungers boys brought them to the new school.

A special school board meeting was set for Monday, July 24, at 4 p.m. to approve the placement of the propane tank and consult with the landscaping contractor.

The next monthly meeting was set for Monday, August 21, at a location to be announced.

 

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