Grand Rapids officials on Monday moved forward on a University of Minnesota economic impact study to update the IRA Civic Center.
Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Director Dale Anderson told city councilors that the original economic impact study was completed in early 2015. Since then, however, the civic center has expanded services with more amenities, such as a daycare facility and a Boys and Girls Club planned for the future.
The council authorized the update at a flat fee rate of $4,000 and a scheduled completion date of mid-March. Anderson noted the plan would be useful if and when the city applies for grant or loan to pay for the planned civic center expansion. A master plan shows the project is expected to cost $30 million.
The council also approved a collective bargaining agreement with its clerical unit. The two-year contract provides a 1 percent wage increase for 2018 and a 2 percent increase in 2019. The accord also provides for a one-time $500 lump sum payment to all employees in the unit. The bargaining agreement is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2018.
In other business, the council:
• Accepted the city’s ADA transitional plan and scheduled a public hearing on the matter March 12.
• Adopted a resolution accepting a Blandin Foundation grant of $50,000 for the Mississippi River Pedestrian bridge.
• Authorized the purchase of a 2018 Dodge Ram truck from Lake Woods Chrysler for $28,267.01 to be used by Community Development building inspectors.