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City of Park Rapids seeks quotes for downtown granite inlays

The Park Rapids City Council is looking for quotes for granite inlays that will depict area lakes. The goal is to have the inlays installed in May. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

The city of Park Rapids is again soliciting quotes for granite inlays that will be featured on downtown sidewalks.

Last fall, the city requested bids for the inlays, depicting Hubbard County lakes, but ran into competitive bidding requirements when the quotes came in just above the threshold of $50,000. At that time, the city's legal counsel advised the city to reject all bids and reconsider the matter.

This time, the city is seeking quotes for the inlays without the installation, which should alleviate the issue of the competitive bidding process, said city engineer Jon Olson at Tuesday's Park Rapids City Council meeting.

The proposed inlays are four-by-four-foot laser-cut marble and granite mosaics featuring Hubbard County lakes. One inlay will be installed at each corner on each of the Main Avenue intersections in downtown. A total of 16 inlays will be installed.

Donors have been found for all the inlays. The lake name will appear in the upper left, the donor on the bottom right.

"I think separating the quotes is good," said David Collins, executive director of the Hubbard County Regional Economic Development Commission. "It can allow local vendors to submit quotes (for the installation)."

The council approved soliciting quotes with a deadline and bid opening Jan. 31. The council will likely hold a special meeting to accept a quote to keep the process moving. The plan is to have the inlays completed no later than May 6.

In other business, the council:

n Approved the first reading of an amended purchasing policy ordinance.

The city's attorney has reviewed the ordinance and made modifications to parts of the policy regarding emergency purchasing by the city administrator and purchases by department heads.

The modified ordinance would allow more leeway for purchases to be made before coming to the council for approval.

n Made city council appointments to committees, including:

Airport Commission - Rod Nordberg

Arts and Culture Advisory Commission - Sue Tomte

Downtown Revitalization Task Force - Nancy Carroll

Economic Development Authority of Park Rapids - Full council

Finance Committee - Carroll, Paul Utke

Fire Relief Association Board of Trustees - Rod Nordberg

Grievance Panel - Carroll, Utke

Heartland Transit Advisory Board - Tomte

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Park Rapids - Tomte

Hubbard County Emergency Management Board - Pat Mikesh

Hubbard County Regional Economic Development Commission - Carroll, Utke

Park Rapids Library Board - Tomte

Parks and Beautification Board - Nordberg

Personnel Committee - Utke, Mikesh

Planning Commission - Utke

n Accepted the resignation of police officer Scott Park, who has taken the Chief Deputy position for the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office.

The council gave Police Chief Terry Eilers permission to advertise, interview and hire a new officer.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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