The Public Assessment Hearing for the Industrial Park Improvement Project was held both in person at the Perham Area Community Center and over teleconference on Monday, May 11, along with the regular City Council meeting.

The lowest bid for the Industrial Park Improvement Project was made by R.L Larson, St. Cloud. The acceptance of R.L. Larson’s bid was approved by the council at the meeting.

The total project cost is $3,346,068.18. The portion of the cost of the improvements that will be paid by the City is $2,562,403.30 with the total amount of the cost being assessed being $783,664.88. The assessment cost includes street improvements, stormwater improvements, water improvements, and wastewater improvements.

In February the expected assessment rates by foot were $30 for rural roads, $94 for urban roads, $35 for water, and $17.50 for sewer. Now that bids have been taken and R.L. Larson’s approved the assessment rates by foot are; $28 for rural roads, $74.55 for urban roads, $18.98 for water, and $14.50 for sewer.

The project is being funded by grants from both DEED and MnDOT, which require the project to be considered new construction in order for the city to qualify for the grants. The new construction makes the projects 100% assessable, however, the grant funding has lowered the assessment rates.

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Other business discussed at the city council meeting:

  • The council reviews the Per-Sale Report for the $1,235,00 General Obligation Bonds Series 2020A to finance the Industrial park Project. The council authorized the sale of the bonds, which will be 15-year bonds, and for the city to enter into a Credit Enhancement Program Agreement with the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority.

  • The council approved the acceptance of Hammers Construction Inc., Perham, for the Old Perham High School Demolition Project. Hammers Construction was the lowest bidder with a bid of $1,177,000 for the project.

  • Mayor Tim Meehl’s Class of 2020 Proclamation to honor Perham High School’s Class of 2020 was approved. The proclamation declared May 17-23 of 2020 as a time of appreciation for the dedication of the Perham High School Class of 2020.

  • The council approved for a letter to be sent to Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan applying for Emergency Executive Order 20-48’s restrictions on small local businesses to be lifted to ensure their survival.

  • The Committee of the Whole is 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 27.

  • The next regular Council Meeting is 5:15 p.m. Monday, June 8.

  • The League of Minnesota Cities 2020 Annual Conference June 24-26 in St. Paul has been canceled.

  • The Household Hazardous Waste Day is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, at the Public Works Garage.