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Council approves police garage

by Michael Mattison
By a 3-2 vote, the Winthrop City Council approved the bid of Messner Builders for construction of a new police garage.
The total bid came in at $220,726.58. The four-stall garage would provide three stalls for police department vehicles and one secure bay for confiscated vehicles.
Over a month ago, the project went out for bids and Messner was the only bid received.
Councilwoman Megan Schmidt asked what had been spent on the new police building in addition to the purchase price.
City Clerk Heather Haun said about $118,000 has been spent on renovations, equipment and cameras. The purchase of the building was $157,000.
Schmidt also asked if one of the ambulances could temporarily be housed in one of the bays while the Council contemplates the issue of a new fire/ambulance building.
City Administrator Michael Looft said that the extra ambulance will be stored in the garage behind Winthrop City Hall. Schmidt and Councilman Pete Machaiek voted against. With Mayor Rob Edwards absent, City Council President Julie Trebelhorn cast the deciding vote to approve.
“I put a lot of weight in the committee and the police department is doing an outstanding job,” Trebelhorn said. “I think this is in the best interest in taking care of the equipment we have and maintaining the professional police service that we have. So I vote to move ahead with the construction.”
The Council approved purchase of a new pump for the lift station. The cost is $53,084.30 with about $24,000 being recovered through insurance.
In August lightning stuck the main lift station. The City will receive about 90 percent reimbursement for the damaged pump and will also replace the other pump.

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