Tofte gets increase in 1 percent funding for improvements at Birch Grove
After receiving new cost estimates that were about $300,000
more than expected, the Tofte Town Board looked at things to cut from
the long hoped-for improvements at the Birch Grove Community Center on
May 10. The county had granted $700,000 from the 1% infrastructure and
recreation sales tax.
The town board talked about things such as eliminating a covered
picnic pavilion, building the warming house on a floating slab instead
of on foundation walls with footings, not installing in-floor heat and
Commissioner Bruce Martinson suggested that the town ask the county
board for an increase of $250,000.
And Tofte did, at the county board meeting on Tuesday, May 15, Tofte
Supervisor D.C. Olsen addressed some of the cuts the Tofte board had
discussed, saying they did not like the thought of having no roof over
the picnic area. He also said the township has wanted to make
improvements that were as maintenance-free as possible, “What we save
now we’ll pay for later,” he said.
Olsen and Tom Wacholz of ORB Management asked the county board for an
extra $250,000, but Commissioner Sue Hakes said she thought they
should keep 100 AMP service and fiberglass dasher boards in the
design. She made a motion, seconded by Bruce Martinson, to grant an
extra $270,000 for the project. It passed unanimously, with
Commissioner Jim Johnson absent.
The next Tofte town meeting is Thursday, June 14 at the Tofte Town Hall.