Expansion projects hammer away in Wyoming

Council updated on work at Polaris, Fairview, SRC


Alice Pickering
Wyoming Reporter

Several construction projects in Wyoming are leaping from blueprints to footprints, building administrator Fred Weck reported to the City Council last Tuesday.

At SRC Recycle Center and Transfer Station, footing and foundation work is complete for an expansion. The steel frame and roof have been completed, the fire sprinkler system has been installed and inspected and the walls have been insulated.

Foundation and footing work is complete at the Fairview Lakes Medical Center expansion site. Weck reported that the structural work and roof deck are up. Exterior wall framing is complete and brick veneer is installed. The rough plumbing in the building is complete. Pipe for the sprinkling system and the mechanical systems are being installed. The interior wall framing is complete and sheetrock is being hung and taped.

At the Polaris Industries campus, exterior walls on the expansion have been raised and the steel roof and decking are being installed. Interior slab work continues. Some of the interior framing has begun.

Jason Windingstad, public works supervisor, reported that larger water and sewer meters need to be purchased to monitor the Fairview and Polaris additions.

Public Safety Report

As part of ongoing training, the Fire Department completed a live burn on the Stacy Fire Tower. The goal is to have similar practices on a bi-monthly basis.  The focus in training is on basic procedures utilizing the new, county-wide 800 MHz radio system. The radios operate differently than the previous system, according to Public Safety Director Paul Hoppe. The department is working to make new procedures consistent with the state Minnesota Incident Management System.

Police and fire departments also recently completed a joint training exercise on how to deal with individuals suffering from excited delirium, which is a stage of extreme overdose that can involve mental confusion, paranoia and combativeness.

On the personnel front, Hoppe reported that Cheri Jensen has submitted a letter of resignation from the Wyoming Fire Department, effective March 1. Jensen’s retirement creates a vacancy for a training officer.  Council members accepted her resignation by a vote of 4-0. Hoppe also reported that two individuals have applied for positions in the fire department.

Public Works Report

Windingstad is preparing a position description for the vacancy in the public works department which is to be presented at the council meeting March 19.

The skating rink has great ice and has seen a much higher number of skaters than last winter, according to Windingstad.

Engineering Report

Engineer Mark Erichson’s report on the 2013 Street Improvement Feasibility Study indicated there were five proposals for video inspection of sanitary sewer within the project area. Staff chose the lowest of the bids which met quality of services. The proposals ranged from $26,913.41 to $51,106.50.

Review of the video inspection is being completed. Soil boring analysis of Greenway Avenue has been completed and it has been determined that the project is suitable as a reclamation project.