Playground gets $150K from city

FAIRMONT — Adventure Playground moved a giant step closer to reality Monday when the Fairmont City Council upheld its original pledge to include $150,000 in the 2019 budget, matching the amount in this year’s budget, to help finance construction of the accessible play area in Gomsrud Park.

Prior to the council vote, Shelly Krahmer, representing the playground’s task force, told the council the group has raised $171,000 through grants and donations from individuals, businesses and service clubs. With the city’s original $150,000 donation from liquor store profits, that still left a gap of $167,000. The cost of the project is about $500,000.

“Any funding from the city would help minimize the gap,” she said.

Krahmer said several grant applications are still outstanding, and additional grant requests will be written this summer. Other fundraising efforts are continuing as well.

City administrator Mike Humpal told the council that any money included in the 2019 budget will be used to fill in the gap amount after all grant monies and other fundraising is completed.

Council members inquired about the timetable for completion.

Krahmer said the task force has been working with a local contractor who would assist with the site preparation and installation when the equipment arrived from Landscape Structures Inc. of Delano, designer and manufacturer of the playground.

“We would be first on their docket next spring. It would take about six weeks to get the order,” said Krahmer, adding that this would be the last summer that Fairmont would not have a playground that all children and adults can access, regardless of their abilities.

In other business, the council:

o Recognized years of service for city employees: 10 years, Paul Hoye, Randall Martin, Troy Nemmers; 15 years, Jaime Bleess, James Tietje; 20 years, Charles Abel, Michael Hunter, Bette Lamaack, Eric Schaefer; 30 years, Neal Becker, Perry Struss, Terry Tonneson.

o Approved a one-day temporary on-sale liquor permit for the Fairmont Opera House for July 7 for an event that will take place on the open lot adjacent to the Opera House.

o Approved a temporary liquor license for the Truman Fire Department Relief Association during the Martin County Fair. Aug. 14-19. The license is valid for hard liquor as well as beer.

o Approved a donation of $1,500 to Light Noise and Smoke of Fairmont, the Fairmont fireworks, offering special recognition to Roger Carlson, fireworks chairman, who is retiring from his role after 25 years.

o Heard the annual update from Tyler Cowing, city water resources technician, on the city’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit. His presentation is available on the city’s website, www.fairmont.org

o Accepted the 2017 audit and approved the distribution of the 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report as presented by Kyle Meyers, governmental services partner at Abdo, Eick and Meyers.

o Set a public hearing for June 25 for an ordinance allowing mini-storage and self-storage units in B-3 and I-1 zones. The City Code currently does not address such allowing such structures, which makes existing units legal, but non-conforming.

o Set a public hearing for June 25 to address any necessary changes in the rural and urban service taxing district.

o Heard a reminder that the citywide drop-off for unwanted tires, electronic, appliances and household items runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the county shop on Indus Street. Coupons, which were mailed to city utility customers with their bills, are required for tires, electronics and appliances, but not household items. These items also can be taken to Prairieland in Truman during its operating hours.

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