The Fergus Falls City Council paved the way for a taxilane relocation project at the Fergus Falls Municipal Airport Monday evening with a resolution awarding the job to Central Specialties Inc. and their bid of $463,262.40.

“The next step is that we’re going to be submitting the final grant application for this project,” City Engineer Brian Yavarow told the council. “SEH (Short Elliot Hendrickson) has signed a professional services agreement for construction in the amount of $68,100.”

With all construction costs completed, Yavarow requested a consent to award the job contingent on funding. All information compiled on the project will be sent to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the state of Minnesota, which review the information and send the city a grant application.

“We anticipate receiving a grant of about 90%  from the federal government and another 5% from the state government,” Yavarow said. “For our local contribution for this project we’re looking at 5%.”

The council passed a total of four resolutions connected with the taxilane project in a single stroke. In addition to the construction services contract for Central Specialties and the professional services agreement with SEH, the council approved a resolution authorizing staff to submit the final application for the job and the advancement of future federal entitlement funds.

In other business the council:

• Held public hearings on five public improvement projects and accepted the final cost assessments for two jobs in the Rolling Meadows addition and three improvements for Pioneer Road.

• Approved the second reading of Ordinance 85, the rezoning from R-A to R-4 requested by Platte Properties.

• Gave consent to a motion directing City Attorney Rolf Nycklemoe to draft changes to allow for interim-use permits.

• Approved a resolution of support for the 2020 State Bonding Bill.

• A motion by Council Member Scott Kvamme that Mayor Ben Schierer cooperate with city staff and city council in providing comments and goals on behalf of the city to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regarding the licensing of hydro dams. Public comments on the project, which affect the Otter Tail River for a period of 40 years, are also encouraged.

• Approved extending the letter of intent for American Convenant Senior Housing Project from September to Dec. 31.

• A consent agenda of nine items passed on from the May 29 Committee of the Whole meeting.

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