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City will pick up the floor

By Staff | Mar 12, 2012

The City of Rugby entertained the idea, at their March 5 meeting of the council, that the armory floor could be picked up and stored, to allow use for special events. During recent meetings of the building and property committee the members of the committee had discussed putting wood over the newly-installed armory floor.

Since the floor was installed last fall, the committee learned that the floor buckles when large vehicles are driven over it. Mark Woodrow, Gerrells Sports, Devils Lake, was present at one of these meetings on Feb. 13. A demonstration was done at that time, using a pickup, and the floor buckled. Once the pickup was backed up the tiles returned to normal. Much discussion followed about what type of vehicles could be used on the new floor.

Gary Kirchofner and his son, Kevin, talked to the council about their spring RV show, normally held in the armory. The show was already booked and it would be hard to find an alternative location at this late date, they said. The show is scheduled for April. A few different equipment-type shows are held in the armory, especially in the spring.

Ten days later the committee met again to discuss the armory floor. Neil Lotvedt discussed purchasing sheets of a type of board that would hook together on the long edge, according to minutes from that meeting. The boards would have to cover the entire floor and would cost roughly $6,500. Storage of the boards, when the special events were over, was a concern of the commitee. The committee decided to bring the board idea in front of the whole council at the March meeting.

It was at the March 5 meeting that another idea was presented. The new armory floor could be taken up for special events. It would have to be taken out in 4’x8′ sheets. Some members of the council thought that rather than remove the floor tiles every time there was a special event with large vehicles involved, the tiles could be removed after the indoor school sports were finished using the armory, say April, and they could be stored through June. Then they would be put back down again. Woodrow said he could help train the city and help take the floor out the first time, according to the committee. Preparing the floor this way would save the city the cost of the wood.

After a lengthy discussion the committee was given the authority to decide about the removal of the floor after they learned more details.

In another order of business, the city council voted in favor of hiring Interstate Engineering, Minot, to design a plan for the new Chalmers Addition. The city recently purchased approximately 20 acres to be used for housing development and named it the Chalmers Addition. Funds to pay for the engineering firm should come from the infrastructure fund, according to the council.

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