The Perham City Council heard an update June 24 on the HUB and PACC projects at the June Committee of the Whole meeting.

The demolition of part of the old Perham High School is planned for July. After the demolition, the refit of the building into the HUB will take place. Bids for the remodel for the remaining part of the building will be taken in September. Currently, plans for the remodel are being made between the city, Perham's Boys & Girls Club and Empowering Kids. Both the Boys & Girls Club and Empowering Kids will be housed in the HUB.

Separate entrances for the HUB are being planned for the Boys & Girls Club, the Teen Center and Empowering Kids. Minor updates will be done to the bathrooms and the auditorium. A new roof will be necessary for the building remodel and the building is being planned as a 30-year structure. The total cost for the project will be an estimated $6 million.

The PACC project is estimated to cost $10 million. The remodel project included an additional entrance into the building, a children’s playland, more party rooms, and a child watch program being added to the PACC.

The aquatics center will be updated after the swimming season is over and a 20-by-20 therapy pool will be possibly added; the addition of the therapy pool will be contingent on the funds’ for its construction being available.

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The fitness area will also be receiving an update in the proposed remodeled. Additional fitness studios and a senior fitness area are in the plans for the fitness area update.

  • The council approved the City of Perham’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plan at a special city council meeting prior to the Committee of the Whole meeting. The preparedness plan is required by the state of Minnesota to be in place by June 29. The plan states how the city will process to protect employees and those doing business with the city from spreading the virus. The plan also lays out the city’s sick leave policy if an employee tests positive for COVID-19.

  • The 2019 city audit was presented to the council by Brady Martz & Associates.

  • Sales at Landmark Liquors were up 43.7% for the month of May.

  • The PACC is now open. Starting July 6, the aquatics center will be open for water classes and lap swim. Twenty-four-hour access to the PACC will start on July 13, seven days a week. Fitness classes will be resuming outdoors for the month of July and all classes will be free in July. Those who wish to participate in classes will be required to sign up for classes in the first two weeks of the month before the class begins. Class sign up will be required to allow for the tracking of COVID-19 spread and will be an ongoing requirement for the foreseeable future.

  • Filing for open mayor and council positions will be open from July 28 through Aug. 11.