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Broken windows, rotting woodwork, DL Pavilion needs repairs

Though the Detroit Lakes Pavilion was refurbished in 2005-06 with a state grant, city matching funds and citizen donations, the Pavilion is in need of serious repairs.

In a memo to the public works committee, and ultimately the Detroit Lakes City Council, Public Works Director Brad Green submitted a list of maintenance issues he's found and recommended hiring a professional contractor or engineer to assess the physical condition of the structure.

In his list of concerns, Green said that water penetration through the windows is causing the wood to rot and damage the walls.

An added concern with the windows is the fact that they are only single pane windows and keep getting broken on a regular basis -- 2-4 times a year on average.

He also lists the concrete walls having issues, the sidewalks causing water to flow towards the building and he says there is a need for storage as well

"Roof is repaired and leaks every year due to poor or no footings, causing the building additions to shift separately and recreate the leaks," he wrote.

Green said later that although the Pavilion had work done in 2006, these issues weren't addressed at the time.

He said he wasn't working for the city at the time so he doesn't have an answer as to why they weren't addressed.

In the assessment of building repairs, the city plans to ask the contractor to also determine the cost of making the building a year-round facility, which would mean adding heat and air conditioning to it.

Library system

The council also approved a $7,000 study to see how to make the Detroit Lakes Library air handling system run more efficiently.

Librarian Mary Haney said the "new" part of the library is now 23 years old and the old part is nearly 100 years old and over time the boiler, air conditioning and other air units have been updated or replaced and are no longer working together.

Not only do the systems make noises they shouldn't, last fall when it was 60 degrees outside, the air conditioner would run all night long.

Many have also noticed the ice sculpture that forms each winter outside from the condensation running from the library.

The approved retro commissioning analysis will be provided by Kevin Disse with KGD Engineering and will provide the city with a list of everything that needs to be done to get all systems working together.

Honeywell has a working contract with the library, and Haney said workers have had to be at the library on a regular basis trying to fix or regulate the problems.

And once items are updated, like the boiler for instance, Honeywell no longer guarantees the products to work with their system.

"They've been less than cooperative," City Administrator Bob Louiseau said.

Since the library building is the city's responsibility, the city will have to pay for the analysis and any further repairs needed.

After discussion on funds, the council agreed to take the $7,000 from the liquor fund to pay for the analysis.

Though Alderman Bruce Imholte noted that it should come from another fund since it's an expenditure that would need to be done regardless of if there was a liquor fund to dip into or not.

New noise ordinance


Brian Johnson, owner of The Bridge Marina, Bar and Grill, asked the city to consider a new noise ordinance variance.

He asked the council to change the boundaries of distance music can be heard and the hours during the summer to satisfy business owners and neighbors.

He said there has been one individual complaining about the music levels after a certain time, but the complaints have been unfounded.

"I think it is reasonable and beneficial that in a resort and tourist community its locals and guests are offered some kind of music on the weekends and holidays during the summer season," he wrote.

The council agreed to discuss the issue and come back at the March meeting to determine a possible change to the noise ordinance.

New sergeant sworn in

Detroit Lakes police officer Chris Phillips was sworn in as a sergeant on the force Tuesday evening at the regular city council meeting.

Former sergeant Tim Eggebraaten was promoted to chief this summer, leaving two sergeants. The third sergeant position has been vacant since then until Phillips' promotion this week.

Third ward vacancy

With the resignation of Third Ward Alderman Jim Anderson, the city has opened the position to anyone wanting to submit an application to the city. Applications are due Dec. 15.

Mayor Matt Brenk set Dec. 22 as a day to interview potential candidates and a decision will be voted on at the annual meeting on Jan. 3.

Anderson's fellow aldermen thanked him for his 11 years of service to the council and the community.

In return, Anderson thanked the voters of Ward 3, past council members, retired staff, former mayor Larry Buboltz and everyone he has served with in the past.

He also thanked them for their understanding and patience because when he started, "I had this much knowledge of city (workings)," he said holding his fingers only slightly apart.

"Some would argue I don't have much more these days," he added with a laugh.

When he was elected to the board 11 years ago, one of the first issues he faced as an alderman was the discussions regarding the Highway 10 realignment project.

After some meetings, he said, he thought to himself, "Man, what did I get myself into?"

After overcoming those obstacles though, Anderson said the council will have to deal with new challenges like local government aid cuts and flowering rush, to name a couple.

"I'm proud of where the city of Detroit Lakes is. I think we are positioned well for the future," he said.