Fair Ave. project is (almost) ready for bid

The Park Rapids City Council pre-approved advertising for contractors on March 22, pending state and county approvals and 12 easements.

Park Rapids City Hall
Park Rapids Enterprise file photo

The Park Rapids City Council on Tuesday authorized city officials to put the Fair Avenue street and utility project out to bid.

City Engineer Jon Olson said the project’s design is “getting close” to completion, and requested approval to receive bids once the necessary county and state approvals are in hand. Also, he noted, 12 easements still need to be obtained.

The project, including a main bid for the length of Fair Avenue and two alternates for adjacent streets and alleys, was estimated to cost $3.8 million, but Olson acknowledged that materials prices have gone up. However, he anticipated that this would only add 7% to the cost of the project, making the total approximately $4.05 million.

With the project already starting later than previously proposed, it will likely end up being a two-year project, he said. Olson said the phases will be closely supervised so that any ground opened in 2022 will be closed up by winter.

“Just as a backup plan,” he said, “if things don’t come together, if we’re starting to get into the summer months … we may reconsider and recommend that we just structure this for 2023.”


Olson pointed out that the resolution before the council said the request for proposals would be published for 10 days, but he said state law requires advertising it for a minimum of three weeks.

Council member Erika Randall made a motion to approve the resolution with that amendment. The motion passed unanimously.

Council briefs

In consent items and general business, the council:

  • Approved yearly supply expenses of $60,522 for the public works street department, including quotes from Cumber Construction for gravel, Diamond Vogel for paint for crosswalks and parking stalls, Brock White for crack filler, Hubbard County for calcium chloride, W.W. Thompson for street sealer, Howard’s Driveway for asphalt patching.
  • Paid Brent Electric $5,415 for LED light fixtures at the airport terminal building.
  • Paid Flaherty & Hood, P.A. $1,520 for legal services regarding Federal Aviation Administration grant agreements, a nuisance issue and easements for the Fair Avenue street and utility project.
  • Paid Heartland Lakes Development Commission $12,500 for first quarter 2022 city assistance.
  • Paid Landrum & Brown $1,440 for airport consulting services. The staff request in the council’s agenda packet notes that the city terminated its contract with the firm effective Dec. 8, 2021 and negotiated a payment reduction for the month of December.
  • Heard Rapids Spirits Manager Scott Olson report that the liquor store’s March sales are on track to be a little better than in 2021. 
  • Heard Fire Chief Joe Carlson report that attendance at this year’s firemen’s ball was down from two years ago, and the fire board was discussing changes to make next year. 
  • Granted public facilities use permits and transient merchant licenses to the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association for this summer’s 2nd Street Stage events and Crazy Days.
  • Approved lawful gambling permits for upcoming Headwaters Ducks Unlimited and Headwaters Animal Shelter fundraisers.
  • Acknowledged donations to the city since March 8, totaling $334.
  • Approved payables totaling $100,698 and prepaids totaling $125,787.

The city council’s next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 at city hall.

Department heads gave a report on the past year or two at a city council workshop on Jan. 24.

Robin Fish is a staff reporter at the Park Rapids Enterprise. Contact him at or 218-252-3053.
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