Randall residents look at improving Bingo Park

By Tina SnellStaff Writer

The Randall City Council was presented with information on making improvements to Bingo Park. Donna Lundgren and Mike Drew, both residents of Randall and members of the Fourth of July Committee, along with Amber Aspengren from Landscape Structures, brought layout designs for installing playground equipment  which is approved by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Council learned that to begin the project, all the pea rock currently on the playground needs to be removed and updated with engineered wood fiber made specifically for playgrounds.

Lundgren said the cost for the equipment is estimated at $69,000 and the cost for the wood fiber at about $6,000.

“About 12 inches of fiber needs to be laid, which will compress to about 8 inches,” said Aspengren. “Also, the city would be tax-exempt.”

Lundgren said the entire project would be done in stages as money from fundraising came in.

The committee, who wants to see playground equipment for all of Randall’s children to use, is also looking at a small splash pad to be installed for the smaller children. That would be done in one of the final stages.

Aspengren said the cost of the splash pad would be around $20,000 and would not be that much to run. Motion sensors would be added so that it would only run water when in use.

The Council requested that Lundgren and Drew bring more information to a future meeting on the different stages of updating Bingo Park.

Randall City Council briefs

Other business conducted by the Randall City Council Wednesday night included:

• Learning the first Coffee with the Cop session will be held at the Randall Cafe Friday. Police Chief Chuck Strack will be available to answer residents’ questions beginning at 9 a.m.;

• Permitting North Wood Property Service to install a 10-foot by 10-foot deck;

• Voting to sign a proclamation supporting October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month;

• Learning residents had concerns with drivers who don’t stop when traveling through the intersection of Minnesota Avenue and Fourth Street. The Council will ask Strack to patrol the area more often;

• Setting a Thursday, Oct. 3 meeting at the Randall Fire Hall to review the applications for the water/waste water position. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m.;

• Learning the carpet in the liquor store will either be replaced or stretched;

• Hearing the River Road project was completed by Crosby & Sons using crushed cement at a cost of $3,960 and that the erosion of the Little Elk River bank by the walking bridge was stemmed with rip rap; and

• Learning that the transmission for the city’s Ford tractor, which was still under warranty, was being held up in U.S. Customs as it arrived from Italy. The Council discussed trading in the two-year-old machine for a new one.

The next City Council meeting will be held at the Randall Fire Hall Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m.