FAIRMONT - Fairmont City Council bought a house Monday.
The single-family residence and garage - located across the street from the Channel Inn - are slated for demolition in order to make way for a newly aligned Lair Road. Signing the purchase agreement with the owner is an initial step in the reconstruction of the road, bridge and channel by Gomsrud Park.
"A year ago staff was authorized by the council to begin negotiations on the property," said city administrator Mike Humpal.
In the purchase agreement between the city and property owner, the contract states the city will pay $182,184 for the land. Included in this figure are temporary construction easements and compensation for any damages, including potential loss of business. The owner is named simply as FCIF, LLC, in the agreement.
The city recently submitted construction plans for the state to review. The council plans to seek bids for the project in August, with work to begin in September, according to city engineer Troy Nemmers. The project carries an estimated price tag of $2.7 million.
When construction is completed in the summer of 2013, Lair Bridge will be 80-some feet north of its current location. The channel connecting Budd and Hall lakes will be widened on the east side, with a newly installed rock wall from the bridge out to Budd.
"Two boats should be able to pass through," Humpal said.