City council given update on repairs

October 20, 2016

     The contractor, Chris Groe, working on the Bonander building, located at the corner of Main and Hwy. 123 in Sandstone, appeared before the Sandstone City Council last week to give an update on the renovation and repair work and building code violations which were mandated to be completed by this past Friday.

     Leonard Bonander, Jr., was given a letter by the building inspector earlier this year to have the repairs done to the blue building, just south of the Gaslight, within 90 days. He later was given an extension of 30 days by the council in a 3-2 vote, in which he said he had contacted over 40 contractors before finding one who could do the repairs. The extension deadline was last Friday.

     Groe said the repair work was a little bit behind due to the rain this fall, but "the building was stabilized." When the siding was removed, a large section of rotten framing was discovered, part of which has been repaired. Plans include reroofing as well but said that Bonander was "still looking at getting financing to get a lot of that done."

     Since the meeting last week, no noticeable work has been done on the outside of the building as of Tuesday morning. All the repairs needed, Groe told the council, could be done within 2 weeks to a month. The council agreed to ask for Richard Drotning, building inspector, and Bonander to attend the council meeting next week so they can decide the next course of action, which could include court action.

     In other business, the council:

• approved a special youth firearms deer hunt in Banning State Park Oct. 29-30 that were within the city limits. This would be located east of the Kettle River, and all within park boundaries.

• approved hiring ADT to install security cameras outside of City Hall. Four cameras will be placed outside the building. 

•  approved hiring GovOffice Web Solutions for the city website which will be paid over three years. The website approved will allow more content to be put up on the website. The total contract is for $7,970, which will include hosting.

• approved hiring Hessenius Excavating to place red rock on two roads in the city in which there is currently gravel. The streets are on Minnesota Street, from Old Military Road to Main, and Birch Avenue, from Lark Street to Robin Street.

• approved waiving a $450 fee to a driver who was billed by the fire department when they went out on a call to the freeway. The council felt legal action would cost more than the amount collected.

• approved the second payment to R.L. Larson Excavating, Inc. in the amount of $1.4 million for work on building the road into the new business park.

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