Bryan Lake to get upgrade

A rendering to the new playground equipment on tap for Bryan Lake.

HIBBING — An overhead ladder, straight and curved slides, a crunch bar, a Thunder Ring and a Click Wheel are on their way to Bryan Lake.

The city council Wednesday approved the purchase of new playground equipment for Bryan Lake from Minnesota/Wisconsin Playgrounds for $12,663.

Director of City Services Pete Hyduke said the purchase was in this year’s capital budget. He fast-tracked the purchased to take advantage of a 40 percent discount.

The new structure, called Lumber Ridge, will feature:

• an overhead ladder that develops core and upper body strength

• a Thunder Ring and a Click Wheel that provide fun, auditory elements to the play space

• straight and curved slides that offer two different sliding experiences

• a fun seat that offers a social gathering spot for children as they rest

• two different climbing experiences to access the system

• and a Crunch Bar that develops core muscle strength

The two existing swings and merry-go-round will remain, said Hyduke. Surface materials will still need to be addressed, he added.

When prompted by Councilor Patty Shafer on a timeline, Hyduke said that they will have to remove the existing structure and then install the new equipment. If all goes well, and weather-permitting, he’s hoping it’ll be done by late June.

In other matters, the council:

• Approved the resignation of Dennis Hill, equipment operator/burial services at the

cemetery, effective March 16.

• Approved the hire of John Ivanca as mechanic in Public Works pending successful completion of the pre-employment process.

• Approved the resignation of Chris Link from the Hibbing Planning Commission effective March 9.

• Approved the purchase of a 24-inch floor scrubber from B. Miller (Daleo) at the state bid of $9,688.

• Approved the emergency repair of a well pump by Traut Companies for the wastewater treatment plant not to exceed $14,975.

• Approved advertising for bids for the City of Hibbing Sidewalk Project.

• Per the Planning Commission recommendation, approved the plat exemption request of P&F Development in the Planned Development of Mesaba Woods to remove a portion of the applicants property to sell to a neighbor.

• Per the Planning Commission recommendation, approved the plat exemption request of Jeff and Cam Perrella of 11216 Townline Rd. to divide one existing lot into two lots so the house and driveway can be sold on one of the lots.

• Adopted a resolution supporting the Homes for All legislative agenda for 2018.

• Set the next regular meeting for Wednesday, March 28, at 6 p.m. in city hall council chamber.

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