School board approves fourth bid in ballfield project

by Theresa Andrus
Another piece to the community ballfield puzzle was addressed on Monday when the Maple Lake School Board accepted a bid for the athletic complex well and field irrigation. 
The bids accepted by the board in June were as follows: excavation and grading, Dennis Fehn Gravel and Excavating of Albertville, $163,192; fencing, Town and Country Fence, Brooklyn Park, $71,000; landscaping, Terra Services, Lakeland, $39,560.
The water portion of the project was not accepted at last month’s meeting because of missing paperwork.
At the July 12 meeting, Superintendent Mark Redemske told the board that Traut Wells provided the lowest of the four bids received for the well and irrigation at $32,613. 
The board awarded the water project to Traut and discussed other needs that could be addressed with what remains of the $359,000 available for the ballfields. Considered were electrical needs, watering efficiency to be gained by a second well, scoreboards, and a quote from Fehn Gravel to do additional grading south of the existing football stadium at a cost of $35,315.
Board chair Greg Mooney said the additional grading would make that area more useable in the future and a quote was requested for the Building and Grounds Committee to consider. However, Redemske said that Fehn wanted an answer this week because they will soon be finished with grading of the ballfields. He said the quote was higher than expected and would consume too much of the remaining ballfield funds. Board member Dennis Klug said the time to have the grading done was now.
“We should do it right the first time or we’ll be going back kicking ourselves,” he said.
Mooney agreed that this was the time to do the grading, but the price was high. He said money would have to be shifted to add that grading to the project and asked that the issue be sent to the Building and Grounds Committee for its consideration.
In other business at the July 12 meeting, the board:
• Welcomed new High School Principal Andrew Almos, who was attending his first board meeting after the retirement on June 31 of former principal Mary James.
• Discussed the School Resource Officer position with Sgt. Eric Leander of the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.
Due to budget constraints, the City of Maple Lake will no longer be sharing the cost of providing a resource officer to the school. Leander has been working with the school district to find another school willing to share the position, thus far without success. But he said the Sheriff’s Office is working on a plan to share an officer with the Maple Lake School District and said he is almost certain that a schedule can be worked out. 
Leander said his recommendation would be to have the school officer in Maple Lake on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Elementary Principal Kris Harlan asked about continuing the DARE program, which requires an officer/instructor and Leander said they would make sure that an experienced officer is provided for the DARE program. 
Board concensus was that even a half-time school resource officer brings many benefits to the district.
Another piece to the community ballfield puzzle was addressed on Monday when the Maple Lake School Board accepted a bid for the athletic complex well and field irrigation. 
The bids accepted by the board in June were as follows: excavation and grading, Dennis Fehn Gravel and Excavating of Albertville, $163,192; fencing, Town and Country Fence, Brooklyn Park, $71,000; landscaping, Terra Services, Lakeland, $39,560.
The water portion of the project was not accepted at last month’s meeting because of missing paperwork.
At the July 12 meeting, Superintendent Mark Redemske told the board that Traut Wells provided the lowest of the four bids received for the well and irrigation at $32,613. 
The board awarded the water project to Traut and discussed other needs that could be addressed with what remains of the $359,000 available for the ballfields. Considered were electrical needs, watering efficiency to be gained by a second well, scoreboards, and a quote from Fehn Gravel to do additional grading south of the existing football stadium at a cost of $35,315.
Board chair Greg Mooney said the additional grading would make that area more useable in the future and a quote was requested for the Building and Grounds Committee to consider. However, Redemske said that Fehn wanted an answer this week because they will soon be finished with grading of the ballfields. He said the quote was higher than expected and would consume too much of the remaining ballfield funds. Board member Dennis Klug said the time to have the grading done was now.
“We should do it right the first time or we’ll be going back kicking ourselves,” he said.
More information appears in this week's issue of the Messenger.
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