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New armory floor discussed

By Staff | Feb 28, 2014

Tim Chapman/PCT The Rugby Armory floor, installed in 2012, will be replaced once the city council and school board agree to costs.

A special meeting of the Rugby City Council and the school board was held Wednesday to discuss plans for a new floor at the city armory.

Superintendent Mike McNeff was joined by board members Cory Johnson and Mark Hamilton and councilmen Neil Lotvedt (Ward 1) and David Bednarz (Ward 2).

McNeff proposed the purchase of a new permanent wood floor with a tarp for protection if the armory hosts elections, auctions and other events.

The current floor, installed in 2012, hasn’t retained its shape as promised. There is an asbestos tile surface underneath.

McNeff also proposed the installment of a school- and city-run key fob system for the doors at the armory. The superintendent said the floor will cost about $68,000 and the entire project would push about $80,000. The school board will look into purchasing a used tarp for around $5,000. New tarps go for as much as $20,000.

Lotvedt said he believes the school system should pay one-third of the costs for the floor and stated he would discuss payment options with the full council at the regular meeting on on Monday.

McNeff proposed an additional $1,000 be added to the schools’ annual rent paid to the city to pay off the RPS share of the floor costs.

Lotvedt and Bednarz both voiced their support for a new floor. Lotvedt expressed concerns and wanted the board to ensure the council that a tarp will be safe and prevent any tripping or accidents when used. He also said the council would need to review whether changes to the armory agreed with the North Dakota National Guard’s contract for use of the armory.

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