|7/8/2020 3:30:00 PM|
Key shelter decision
Few local residents are aware of it, but Windom's most important park shelter is headed toward either a major overhaul, or replacement.
In either case, our city leaders should bear in mind that this is not only a centrally located shelter, it is Windom's most popular shelter, the one that gets the most use - and it is not close.
City Administrator Steve Nasby said the shelter issue will be researched this summer with an eye toward remodeling or construction in 2021.
Based on recent conversations with Windom Park Superintendent Brian Cooley and Windom Building Official Andy Spielman, replacement is far more likely than remodeling. Cooley said the floor, support poles and roof all need significant work.
The concrete is severely cracked, heaving and out of ADA compliance, according to Spielman, who has experience with masonry work. He believes the floor cannot be fixed. It must be replaced.
Cooley said the shelter, which is believed to be at least 50 years old, is usable for 2020, but there are no plans to wait beyond 2021 to address this issue. He said a new shelter would cost at least $30,000.
In normal times, $30,000 would not be insurmountable. However, the pandemic will no doubt cut into the statewide resources and possibly Local Government Aid.
The presence of a spacious, centrally located shelter fills a basic community need for holding our largest gatherings, such as family reunions. We urge city leaders not to cut corners on this important project.
- Rahn Larson