Events Center Discussion Headlines Ada City Council Meeting

By Mark Askelson (12/6/17)

Ada, MN -- The Ada City Council continued discussion on a proposed Ada Events Center at their final regular meeting of the 2017 year. Donations continued to pour in over the last couple weeks as the Ada Chamber of Commerce is closing in on $200,000, with the total goal being around $300,000.  With the events center becoming closer to a reality, the council voted 5-1 on Tuesday night to set a trigger point to purchase the building of $250,000, according to City Administrator James Leiman.

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Wanting to stay ahead and get some cost estimates for the Ada Events Center project, Administrator Leiman sent out a handful of Requests for Proposals for several of the building needs. However, at this week’s meeting, Leiman says his eagerness was met with the opposition from a few of the council members.

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The Ada City Council did approve a Bid Proposal from Haverkamp Utilities and renovation work will begin as soon as this week on the former Kuball building downtown, which will be converted into a storefront for the Norman County DAC.

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The council also had their annual Truth in Taxation hearing at their meeting and set the 2018 budget with a 3% increase to the levy. Leiman noted that this is the first time in nearly two decades that there will be increase to the levy.

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For more information and comments on this week’s Ada City Council meeting, tune in to the KRJB Kaleidoscope Program this Friday at 9am as we will be joined by councilmembers Rich Pinsonneault and Mike Nelson.