Isanti accepts bid for construction of trail

Isanti City Council members awarded the bid for the Legacy Park Trail project during the meeting May 1.

GL Contracting, of Medina, Minn., won the bid with the lowest cost of $113,983. Bids for the construction were opened in April. Four bids were received ranging up to $192,904.

City Engineer Brad DeWolf noted that GL Contracting’s bid was under the engineer’s estimate by about $6,000.

Isanti Mayor George Wimmer recognizes Lieutenant Gene Hill for being the top in his class. Photo by Elizabeth Sias

The cost to provide construction inspection, contract administration and surveying is estimated to be $7,500.

Council Member Ross Lorinser resigns

Council Member Ross Lorinser announced his resignation during the meeting, saying he will no longer be able to serve because he’s moving out of the city and will no longer be a resident of Isanti.

“It has been a pleasure and honor to serve the residents of Isanti in a fiscally responsible manner,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed this job and everything about it.”

Lorinser will attend the next City Council meeting May 15, after which his resignation will be in effect. His term was set to expire December 2014.

The Council accepted his resignation and called for a special election to be held this fall during the general election.

City hires new Finance Director

The City Council offered the position of Finance Director to Sarah Cotton, who was present at the meeting to accept the position, effective May 21.

In other action, the council:

• Agreed to share legal services with Cambridge for renewal of the cable franchise agreement.

• Awarded the bid for window washing services to Ole’s Window Cleaning.

• Awarded the bid for refuse services to East Central Sanitation.