Spring is here and summer is fast approaching, and that means summer projects. The Public Works Department once again has a busy schedule ahead of us, so we would like to take this time to discuss the planned projects for this summer.
I have been looking forward to spring and getting away from the frozen water pipes and meters. We will be continuing to look at ways to lessen the impact of cold water on our water supply. Some of these efforts will happen this summer. I don’t want to forget about it and have to deal with it again next winter like it never happened.
The Chisholm Park pavilion is going out for bid this week and we should start construction by late June. It will be a great upgrade to an existing park. It will be a place for family gatherings and children playing.
I want to welcome Kevin Crowley to our City workforce. He is heading up our Building and Grounds and Parks department. He is getting to know the City and is very happy and excited to be here. If you see Kevin, stop and say hello!
It will be a busy summer with quite a few projects. We are going to be doing some rebuilds in some areas. Some sidewalks will get rebuilt, especially in areas where we removed the trees that were raising the sidewalks. We are also hoping to make a few road and water improvements on First Street and the corners of “D” and “E”. It will take some time and I have to ask for patience as that is Highway 291. Traffic will have to be routed around for a while. Some roads will get an overlay and some may get chip sealed. I have not made a final determination on which ones yet.
As soon as we get the frost out of the ground I hope to make some electrical improvements in Alpine Park for the Saturday morning farmers market. We also are going to place some electric cable at Riverside for use at FIBArk.
We ordered two new sets of bleachers for Marvin Park softball field. We hope to get them together in the next couple of weeks also.
If there are any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the Public Works Department at 539-6257.
Bob Salmi, Director of Public Works