Improvements to the Clarinda Lied Center were moved up two years in the five-year capital projects plan approved Wednesday, Nov. 13, by the Clarinda City Council.
Clarinda City Manager Gary McClarnon reviewed his initial capital projects proposal with the council Oct. 23. Based on those discussions, McClarnon presented a revised plan to the council for approval during a workshop Wednesday.
Initially, refurbishing the locker rooms at the Lied Center were slated for Fiscal Year 2023. However, in his revised plan, McClarnon moved the work on the women’s locker rooms to 2021 and the men’s locker rooms to 2022.
“That’s one that I had forgotten about,” McClarnon said. “Our Public Works guys can provide the labor, so the only thing we’ll have to pay for with that is concrete.”
As part of the repairs to the locker rooms, the council discussed the possibility of removing the tile floors and polishing the existing concrete floors.
“I think it would be cheaper to have the concrete polished than to have the tile replaced,” council member Jeff McCall said. “But you would still have to tile the walls. ... It has to be moisture resistant.”
“I agree. I think that’s the route to go,” McClarnon said.
“That’s what we want. We want to be able to go in there and hose the wall and the floor and not worry about anything anymore,” Clarinda mayor Lisa Hull said.
Council member Craig Hill, who is the maintenance director for the Clarinda Community School District, said the locker rooms at Clarinda Middle School have polished concrete floors. The art room at Clarinda High School also has a polished concrete floor.
“The floor will be functional and way easier to maintain,” Hill said. “I have not resealed since they did it and that’s been 10 years.”
McClarnon also added the replacement of the concrete at the entrance to the Lied Center to the 2023 projects. That item was not included in the original capital projects plan.
Council member Matt Ridge said he understood the wading pool had to be drained onto the concrete entryway and may have caused some of the problems.
McClarnon said there is not a drain in either the wading pool or the indoor pool, so the water must be pumped out for cleaning. Therefore, he said a sealant would help preserve the new concrete entrance.
McCall suggested running a hose to the drain tile near the shelter house so the water would then flow directly to the storm sewer. McClarnon said he would look into that option.
McClarnon also included the resurfacing of Garfield Street from Eighth Street to 10th Street in the 2022 projects. However, he proposed moving that project up to 2020 and including it with the proposed bond issue for street repairs.
“Next year, we’re looking at issuing $1.2 million in bonds for street resurfacing. Why don’t we just go ahead and make it $1.5 million, go ahead and do that project and we can run that TIF account in the red until the TIF revenue starts coming in. The auditor said that is something we can do, we just have to do an internal bookkeeping thing where we do an internal loan from one account to another,” McClarnon said.
McCall asked if the city could also look at concreting the final two blocks of East Glenn Miller Drive. He suggested adding that project to the second bond issue the city has proposed for 2021.
McClarnon also received a revised estimate for resurfacing the tennis courts at Clarinda City Park. He said that project would cost $37,000 rather than the $60,000 he budgeted in the 2021 projects.
“The school wanted us to apply for grants and stuff. Then, after we find out what the grants are, they did say they would kick in half of what’s left,” McClarnon said.
Although the capital projects plan was approved provides McClarnon with a guideline for developing the annual city budget, the actual completion of the projects depends on the tax dollars available to the city each year. McClarnon said the tax rollback did go down this year, meaning the city will have less tax dollars to work with.
“So we may not be able to fit all this in the budget. We’ll just have to see, when we get valuations and stuff in, what we come up with. We may have to eliminate one or two items,” McClarnon said.
“I think we’re very fortunate we were in better shape than a lot of towns,” council member Gary Alger said.