Austin City Council approves contract for design of a community entrance sign at Monday meeting
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The Austin City Council approved a contract with SRF Inc. of St. Paul totaling $34,021 for the design of a community entrance sign at their regularly scheduled meeting at the City Council chambers Monday evening.  Public Works Director Steven Lang stated to the council that the sign will be located on the north side of Interstate 90 between 4th St. and 14th St. NW, and he added that the project will be funded with a grant from the Hormel Foundation supporting the original Vision 2020 Gateway to Austin Committee’s goals.  

In other business, the council approved a purchase of service agreement with SEH, Inc. of Rochester in the amount of $358,340 for Creekside Business park infrastructure design services.  Lang stated to the council that SEH will complete design development services for the project, including project administration, assisting the city with Austin EDA grant compliance, completing geotechnical, surveying and site exploration, permitting, engineering design, plus bidding and award.

The Austin City Council also approved a three-year contract with Baudler, Maus, Forman and King for prosecution services for the city, and the council also approved designated polling places for 2023 elections, if any are required.  In other business, the Austin City Council approved setting 2023 seasonal, temporary and part-time wage rates, and they also approved a purchase of service agreement with Austin Aspires for 100 hotspots through December 31st, 2023.  Library Director Julie Cleinfelter stated to the council in a memo that the funds will be paid through to the library through quarterly invoices not to exceed $35,700.  In a work session following their regularly scheduled meeting Monday evening, the Austin City Council gave Public Works Director Steven Lang the go-ahead to move forward with the construction of a $1.8 million dollar 10-unit T-hangar at the Austin Municipal Airport, with 90% of the project’s cost to be funded by the FAA, and 5% each by MnDOT and the city of Austin.

The Austin City Council will hold their last regularly scheduled meeting for 2022 on December 19th at 5:30 p.m. at the City Council chambers.