The Corcoran City Council, Thursday, July 9, awarded a contract for $396,500 to Weber Inc., of North St. Paul, for construction costs in remodeling of Corcoran City Hall.

At the meeting, the City Council also took up other business. Here are meeting highlights.

CITY HALL REMODEL

City Administrator Brad Martens reported that 15 prospective contractors submitted bids for the construction portion of the city hall remodeling project. They ranged from Weber’s low bid of $396,500 to a high bid of $580,100. The remodel is scheduled to begin on Nov. 9 after the General Election.

Total estimated cost for the project is $726,500, including furniture, technology and soft costs. Corcoran has set aside funds for the remodel in past budgets and now has $707,000 available for the project, Martens said. Staff will include the remaining funds in the city’s 2021 budget.

The remodeling plan includes office work spaces in the community room, a staff lunchroom, a new area for the city hall reception desk and bathroom updates. The work spaces will include stations for current and soon to be added city employees and city consultants. The Police Department will move into the former city offices. The purpose of the remodeling is to postpone the need to build a new Corcoran City Hall until Corcoran has a larger tax base provided by new commercial and residential developments.

NEW CITY COUNCIL MEMBER

At the beginning of the meeting, Corcoran resident Brian Lother took his oath of office as a city councilor and then took the seat recently occupied by Brian Dejewski. Lother is a pastor at Hope Community Church in Corcoran. He will serve until the end of the year, when Dejewski’s term expires.

At the last City Council meeting, the council accepted Dejewski’s resignation from his council seat, effective June 30. He said he is moving to Maple Grove and will continue to be involved with Mobile Hope at the Maple Hill Estates mobile home park in Corcoran.

COUNCIL HONORS DEJEWSKI

In related business, the City Council honored outgoing City Councilor Dejewski, who has served since Jan. 1, 2017.

The resolution honoring Dejewski said he “has placed considerable time, effort, and thought into his role of City Councilmember.”

During Dejewski’s term, Corcoran approved several development proposals, updated the southeast district design guidelines, adopted the 2040 Corcoran Comprehensive Plan, upgraded the city’s bond rating, purchased park land and established a new park, was recognized as a safe city and established a new code enforcement process. Also, Dejewski participated on the Crime, Drug and Safety Committee and the Fire Study Subcommittee.

GRANT AGREEMENT FOR MAPLE HILL ESTATES

Also during the meeting, the City Council approved a grant agreement between Corcoran and the Metropolitan Council for the Maple Hill Estates mobile home park. The Met Council in 2017 created the Manufactured Home Park Preservation grant program and awarded Corcoran a matching grant of $237,317.50. Corcoran City Administrator Martens said the city now has fulfilled its obligations under the grant program.

The purpose of the grant was to assist manufactured home parks with costs to connect to metro water and sewer utilities, and, as result, enable mobile home park owners to keep down the size of rent increases. Supporting Maple Hill Estates enabled Corcoran to provide its share of affordable housing units required by the Met Council.

Since 2017, Corcoran has extended metro sanitary sewers to Maple Hill Estates. The Met Council billed Corcoran for a $474,635 surface area charge for the sewers. The matching grant defrays 50% of the SAC fee.

EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT

Turning to the subject of Eagle Scout projects, the City Council recognized Frank Brand for the veteran’s memorial bench that now sits in front of the flagpole in front of Corcoran City Hall. City Administrator Martens said he was happy to stand behind Brand’s work. Brand has been the best Eagle Scout he has ever worked with.

The bench bears the words “Thank you for your service” and has bricks naming the Coast Guard, Air Force, Marines, Army and Navy.

Brand raised $2,000 to purchase materials for the bench — $1,000 from the Corcoran Lions, $980 from the Hanover Lions and $20 from a private party. He donated to the city $352.51 left over from costs for constructing the bench.

OTHER

The City Council also:

AUTHORIZED city staff to enter into an agreement with the Hennepin County Assessor’s Office for providing assessing services to Corcoran for four years.

APPOINTED Corcoran resident Manoj Thomas to the Corcoran Charter Commission.

RECOGNIZED Public Works Director Pat Meister for 30 years of service to Corcoran.

RECOGNIZED City Administrative Services Director Jessica Beise for five years of service to Corcoran.

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