City extends Dura Supreme’s contract for six months

By Terry Lehrke, News Editor

A contract giving Dura Supreme first right of refusal on three lots in the Pierz Industrial Park expired, and the Council was unsure whether it wanted to continue the annual contract.

Another business is looking at expanding in Industrial Park and may want those lots.

Before the economic downturn in 2008, Dura Supreme which sits on Highway 27 between Centennial Drive and Highway 25, was looking at expanding its business on the additional lots.

However, as business fell, that expansion was put off, although Dura Supreme kept 14 of its employees working.

Jerry Brezinka, manager of Dura Supreme, said the company has seen an uptick in business “but nowhere near where we were,” he said. The business is still interested in the lots, although Brezinka couldn’t say when an expansion might occur.

A first right of refusal gives Dura Supreme the opportunity to buy the lots first, should another business want to purchase them. Dura Supreme would have the option of declining to buy the lots at that point, as well.

The Council voted to extend the first right of refusal contract for six months, instead of one year, giving Dura Supreme the chance to decide what it wants to do in the future.

It also gives the other business time to review its plans as well.

Pierz City Council Briefs

In other business Monday, the Pierz City Council:

• Approved a gambling permit for the Knights of Columbus for the annual buffalo feed raffle, set for Jan. 25, 2014; and

• Learned Public Works Supervisor Bob Otremba will have Froggy’s Signs in Little Falls draft colorful signs for Maureen Watercott Drive, to compare with the brown and white signs currently being considered.

The next regular Pierz City Council meeting will be held Monday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. at City Hall.