Sherburn OKs seeking bids

SHERBURN — Sherburn City Council this week received an update on the possible Temperance Lake Ridge expansion.

Shannon Sweeney of David Drown Financial, financial adviser for the city, and Lisa Lange, director of Temperance Lake Ridge, were present.

Sweeney said the Viewpoint Consulting study noted there is a need for memory care in the area. He reported that the financial study concluded the expansion would be feasible financially. Temperance Lake Ridge has been supporting itself and could probably provide a return of investment for the city.

The next step would be to hire a design firm, architect and secure bids for construction costs.

Council members noted that two garages should be part of the bids so ambulances can be under cover when called to the facility, and so the facility’s van can be in a garage connected to the facility.

The cost of the expansion project is estimated at $2.6 million to $3 million.

Lange reported that 21 people are on the waiting list for memory care and that the staffing numbers are in good shape.

The council approved seeking bids for possible construction in 2019.

Turning to other business, the council:

o Approved a request for $500 from pulltabs for the Shop With a Cop program in December.

o Approved a $3,000 donation from Compeer Financial to the Sherburn Fire Department.

o Discussed bids for a new cooler at the Sherburn Liquor Store and approved one from St. Cloud Refrigeration. It was reported that an investment fund will be used for a portion of the purchase, while it was noted that the liquor store is beginning to show a profit and may be able to help with the cost.

o Approved a request for assistance with removal of a building at 17 N. Main St. Rosburg Construction will do the work.

o Discussed a parking ordinance, with the council expressing a concern that the rules already in effect should be enforced too. There have been concerns voiced about the appearance of the town. While most residents abide by the rules, some do not, leaving refuse by houses and on the street. City officials say this must be cleaned up.

o Learned that the next meeting of the council will be 5 p.m. Nov. 19 at City Hall.