Lutsen firefighters request fitness area at firehall

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 8:48pm

A group of Lutsen volunteer firefighters came before the Lutsen town board to ask if they could use the old town hall community room as a fitness room/weight lifting room. The board had stated some time ago that the room would need to be carpeted and painted, and the firemen thought it would be a good time to make it a place for firefighters to work out.

After a lengthy discussion, with concerns heard from members of local ALANON and AA groups about losing that space for meetings, the town board vetoed the idea.

A firefighter asked if they could explore another space in the fire hall for exercise equipment and the board gave them a go-ahead for that.

Firefighters also noted that there is no shower for the fire fighters to use after working on fires, especially ones that contained dangerous chemicals. Supervisor Tim Goettl said it would be prudent for the township to install a chem-shower for the firefighters. “We could hook one up and install it fairly cheaply,” said Goettl who is a plumber.

The fire fighters will come back with a proposal next meeting to work out in the fire hall and the board will explore costs to put in a chem-shower.

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County, contractor to share cost of YMCA floor fix

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 8:45pm

Work to correct a water drainage problem at the Cook County YMCA will soon be under way, thanks to an agreement reached Nov. 18, 2014 by the county commissioners and the designer responsible for the faulty design.

County Attorney Molly Hicken said that JLG Architects of Alexandria was not willing to admit there was a flaw in the design – but the firm is willing to contribute to the fix.

Hicken told the board that JLG said they designed the space with the expectation of far fewer members, and they’ve never had this problem before.

Hicken added that the architects were not willing to say the proposed fix would result in “bone-dry floors or no other problems,” but they conceded it will help and are willing to invest in the repairs.

The drainage problem creates water pooling on the locker room floors, with water flowing under the wall into the closet that adjoins the men’s locker room. The proposed solution – the second attempt at a fix – was designed with assistance from JLG, ORB Management and YMCA representatives.

The work will be done by County Plumbing & Heating of Lutsen and is expected to start by the end of the month and take about one week per bathroom to complete. In order to minimize inconvenience, the work will be done in one bathroom at a time, with the affected users of the closed area being directed to use the nearby locker rooms in the school.

The cost of the work is set at $8,370 per bathroom, for a total of $16,740. Under the terms of the agreement with the county, JLG will pay $11,000 and the county the remainder of $5,740.

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