The city has hired HKG Architects to provide a needs analysis for the Public Works Department.
The Aberdeen City Council approved the hourly contract with HKG, which is not to exceed $20,000, at the Monday, March 6 council meeting at city hall. The agreement is the first step toward a new facility.
The city’s public works department currently uses multiple buildings on Third Avenue Southwest for the storage of equipment and materials. Public Works Director Robin Bobzien said HKG was one of two firms interviewed for the job.
“This has been something that’s been long overdue,” Bobzien said.
The goal is to have a preliminary estimate for the type of facility needed by the time the budget process begins for 2024, he said, estimating that would be in mid-summer.
Asked by Mayor Travis Schaunaman if the city has property that could be used for this facility, Bobzien said the city wants to leave its options open. If a city-owned property is a fit for this project, he said, that’d be great. But, he said, the city will consider other options too.
In other action, the council:
- Approved a liquor license transfer from 322, LLC to The Circus, LLC and a new restaurant liquor license for 322, LLC.
- Approved a resolution designating the city manager as the officer to execute documents for the SD WINS project. SD WINS is a joint project involving the city, WEB Water and BDM Rural Water to draw water from the Missouri River for expanded needs at WEB and needs for Aberdeen and BDM. All told the project could cost $740 million. The project was added to the State Water Resource Management System during the legislative session and $5 million was set aside for project planning.