Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

School-owned building goes to high bidder


August 3, 2017

Moose Lake Community School Superintendent Robert Indihar gave an update on the construction of the new school on Monday, July 31, in a telephone interview.

For the athletic fields, the track will be completed as had been planned. Peterson, the landscape contractor, has agreed to grade the baseball field and build a pitcher's mound, and the outfield will be seeded.

“We are not sure if that will include the installation of a fence or not,” said Indihar.

At this point, there will be no landscaping around the new school, he went on to say.

“We are having a disagreement with the contractor about whether grass seed was included in the contract,” Indihar said. “We'll get it figured out. We won't have shrubs.”

One delay has been caused by five countertops that have been ordered. Once they are installed, small sinks and plumbing has to be hooked up under the counters.

“They have told me they will be coming the week of August 7,” said Indihar. “That's the week I have scheduled for turning off the phones and the Internet at the old school. I plan to move my office to the new school on August 7. There will be a two-day delay, once the countertops are installed, to get the building inspected and then get a Certificate of Occupancy.”

There has also been a delay in completion of the exterior of the front entrance and the trim between the windows on the front of the school building.

“Measurements have been taken so we should see progress on that project soon,” said Indihar. “It is in process.”

The installation of casework in the libraries has also been delayed, but those are being installed at the currrent time, he said.

“Changes to the boys locker room are being made now,” he added. “That's being put together this week.”

Bids were due for the sale of the Southern Carlton County Family Center on July 27.

Indihar annouced Melissa Anderson, a psychologist who has been renting space in the building, had submitted the high bid and will be purchasing the building.

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners had authorized the Building Committee to submit a bid for the building but no bid had been received, Indihar said.

The Moose Lake School Board approved moving the new propane tank for the propane bus fleet that the board had approved leasing. The tank will be moved 30 feet to the north to be less visible, said Indihar.

Having a storage building constructed has been approved by the board, said Indihar. It will be constructed behind the new school on a level area.

The new playground for grades 3-12 will be built further to the north from the site of the storage building, said Indihar.

“Peterson is bringing in equipment now,” he said. “They will get the area ready for the playground. Then the edging will be installed. The equipment for the playground will be coming next week. We'll store it until it is installed.”

He added that proceeds from the sale of the playground and the garage at the old school will be used toward the new playground.

“We were over budget on the playground,” he said. “Those funds will help make up the difference.”

The funds from the sale of the family center have not yet been committed by the board to any project, said Indihar.


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