There’s been some discussion about the development of the new Public Works facility. Here is some background information that I hope you find helpful.
Currently, Public Works (PW) is housed in the Historic Village. The current building and shop which was the old Fire Department, built in 1985, doesn’t meet current building and safety codes and is substandard due to its size and capabilities. Because it’s bordered by a wetland, there is no way to expand. Since 2016 our Public Works Director has recognized a need for a new facility that will be better equipped and capable of supporting the current 20 employees and future employees.
This new facility will support expanded office space, a fueling point for City vehicles and emergency storage, a wash rack for cleaning large equipment such as dump trucks, an equipment mechanic bay for first level maintenance, expanded tool rooms and storage, expanded supply storage for streets, parks and facilities supplies, water quality lab and benches, plans/drawings room, expanded utilities supply storage, space for make anti-ice brine and storage, a classroom which can be used as a secondary EOC, separate back up power, and an expanded locker room with adjoining showers so that staff can clean up before departing for home.
The purpose of the rate studies for water and stormwater ensure that we can adequately support the capital utilities investments and facilities. These are done approximately every 5 years. The rates that were established for 2015-2020 needed to be updated in 2018. Since all major water and stormwater capital improvements projects were completed in that time with one still in the process of being completed. In looking at 2019-2023 there are three major goals: a new PW Facility, Hoffman Hill Reservoir Corrosion Protection, and Automatic Meter Reading System. After the completion and reviewing the rate studies it was determined that there is no reason to change the rate for 2021 - 2023.
The proposed $10 million Revenue Bond executes capital improvements projects. By financing these projects we accelerate their completion in lieu of waiting for the reserves to build up and pay with cash. The PW Facility is estimated to cost $6 million. The Hoffman Hill Reservoir Corrosion Protection and Automatic Meter Reading System are estimated to cost $2 million each.
These facilities WILL NOT raise taxes and or raise the water or stormwater fees for 2021 - 2023. Funding will come from…
The funding fraction for the PW Facility is derived from the State Auditor’s formula.
The Historical Timeline:
Facts about the Building:
If you are interested and would like a tour of the current Public Works building, staff would be happy to show you. Call City Hall at 253-964-8121.