The Lonsdale City Council recently approved a floor plan for a City Hall expansion and remodeling project scheduled to begin this July.

Wold Architects and Engineers, the developer the city hired in January to assist with the $645,000 project, submitted possible floor plans to city staff for review. Of the top two options, staff recommended approval for the option one floor plan to the council at a special meeting Monday, April 9.

At the meeting, John McNamara, architect for Wold, highlighted the main differences between the two floor plan options in a PowerPoint presentation.

According to City Administrator Joel Erickson, what stood out most about option one is a door at the end of the northwest hallway, which provides extra security. The option one floor plan also allows more usability for the council chambers on the lower level. Erickson said the shape of the chambers is more rectangular in the option one plan, which will help manage traffic during elections.

“The council chambers will be completed so the 2018 election can be held in the new space,” said Erickson.

Lonsdale City Hall currently measures approximately 3,000 square feet, half the size of the city hall in the less populous Montgomery.

“For this addition, what’s proposed is what’s needed,” said Erickson.

The addition on the west side of the building is intended for more offices, additional storage space, a break room, a common area for office equipment, a larger entrance/lobby, improved security and technology in the chambers, more bathrooms to meet city ordinances, and separate mechanical and storage rooms.

The floor plan adds 1,344 square feet to the existing 1,536 square feet on both floors.

As the next step in the process, an architect is designing and drafting a site plan for the Planning Commission’s approval. The commission is expected to review the plan at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers Monday, April 16.

If the plan complies with city ordinances, it next goes out for bids.

“The City Council is encouraging local contractors to bid on the project,” said Erickson.

The bidding and awarding process lasts from June to July, according to the project timeline.

Reporter Misty Schwab can be reached at 507-744-2551. Follow her on Twitter @APGmisty.

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