by April Scheinoha
Displaced equipment from the Electric, Water Systems, and Parks and Recreation departments will soon have a new home. The Thief River Falls City Council has approved paying $87,513 to Falls Building Center for the construction of a cold storage facility. The matter was approved at its meeting Tuesday, June 6.
The Red Lake Falls company will construct the 7,200-square-foot building south of the Water Treatment Plant. Construction is expected to take place in August.
The equipment is currently located in two buildings on the Municipal Service Center property. That property was recently sold to Digi-Key for $1,368,000. Digi-Key plans to use the property as its western parking lot. The company is building a one-million square foot fulfillment, valued-added manufacturing and warehouse center on the site of its current western parking lot. A skywalk will connect the new building to Digi-Key’s current facility.
City Administrator Rod Otterness said he prefers that the city use reserves to pay for its new cold storage facility. He also prefers that the city save the Digi-Key money for when it plans a major building project.
The city is considering constructing a facility to house the Electric Department office and equipment, which are in the process of being moved. The office will be temporarily located at the city-owned building that formerly housed HDR Engineering. Other Electric Department equipment is being stored at the former ITS Auto building, which the city also owns. The city is also leasing two other properties from private individuals to store Electric…
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