Park Rapids City Council puts taxilanes extension out to bid

The $1.52 million airport improvement project would improve taxiing and prepare buildable hangar sites.

This diagram from the Park Rapids City Council's March 9 agenda packet shows a shaded area where existing taxilanes will be extended, while buildable sites are prepared for possible future hangars. (Courtesy of TKDA and the City of Park Rapids)

The Park Rapids City Council on Tuesday approved plans and specifications, and authorized advertising for bids, for the terminal area taxilanes project at the municipal airport.

Project engineer Matt Zitzow with TKDA explained that the project includes extending taxiways to improve taxiing in the terminal area, and preparing buildable sites for future hangars.

Zitzow’s memo in the council’s packet estimates a total project cost of $1.52 million. He expects much of this to be reimbursed by grants from the Federal Aviation Administration and Minnesota Department of Transportation Aeronautics.

Zitzow’s memo projected a cost-sharing breakdown of 60 percent ($912,000) federal, 28 percent ($425,000) state and 12 percent ($185,000) local.

He recommended opening bids on April 6 and presenting the results to the city council on April 27, along with an update about grant funding for the project. If the council decides to move forward then, Zitzow said, he will apply for grant funding, which would likely be awarded during the summer.


“At that point, with grants in hand, we would move to award of the actual construction contract,” he said. “At this time, we anticipate a two-season construction – earthwork and utilities in the fall with final paving in the spring.”

Council member Erika Randall moved to approve the plans and put the project out for bids. The motion passed unanimously.

Council member Erika Randall moved to approve the plans and put the project out for bids. The motion passed unanimously.

In consent items and general business, the council:

  • Paid the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust $203,354 for the 2021 insurance premium renewal.

  • Paid Apex Engineering Group $8,061 for work on various city projects, including the water treatment facility construction project and the Depot Park tennis courts.

  • Paid the Heartland Lakes Development Commission $12,000 for the city’s financial commitment for the first quarter of 2021.

  • Paid MN Mechanical Solutions $155,973 for construction work on the water treatment facility.

  • Approved the Hubbard County Board’s certification of two tax-forfeited parcels in the city, classified as non-conservation land. One was a 0.38-acre lot at 608 Middle Ave. S., owned by Tony and Cheryl Chmielewski, with a $4,824 special assessment. The other, a 0.54-acre lot between 616 and 706 Bridge St., was owned by Hazel King and had a special assessment amount of $5,021.

  • Paid Hawkins, Inc. $2,157 for water treatment chemicals for the public works department.

  • Approved the purchase of two replacement water meters for $3,880 from Fergusson Waterworks.

  • Paid Hildi, Inc. $3,740 for work on updating the city’s actuarial valuations.

  • Approved the first reading of an ordinance amending the city code regarding the environment and the Urban Forestry Committee. The revised ordinance changes the committee’s voting membership to include one city staff member, instead of specifically the city planner.

  • Appointed Cheryle Wilke and Steve Jones to the city’s Urban Forestry Committee.

  • Recognized Luke Luther for five years of service as a volunteer firefighter.

  • Approved payables totaling $241,090 and prepaids totaling $136,833.

The city council’s next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 23 at city hall.

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