East Grand Forks City Council members approve repairs to Civic Center parking lot

The work will be funded out of the city’s remaining American Rescue Plan Act dollars, which were allocated to the city for loss of revenue during the pandemic

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East Grand Forks City Hall. File photo Brandi Jewett/ Grand Forks Herald
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EAST GRAND FORKS – The East Grand Forks Civic Center will be receiving some repairs to sections of the parking lot after City Council members approved hiring RJ Zavoral & Sons for asphalt overlay work in the amount of $85,940.

RJ Zavoral & Sons was the lowest of two bidders, with Opp Construction’s bid coming in at $108,140. The work will be funded out of the city’s remaining American Rescue Plan Act dollars that were allocated to the city for loss of revenue during the pandemic. At present, there’s about $830,000 remaining.

Parks and Recreation Superintendent Reid Huttunen presented council members with the immediate and short-term improvements on some of the city’s arenas, including the Civic Center, at an Aug. 23 Work Session meeting .

Among the immediate improvements include repairs for the parking lot and side streets outside of the Civic Center. The work is planned to start this fall.

While most repairs will be made, Huttunen, in a staff report, said he’s concerned that one particular section is in such poor condition that a 2-inch overlay won’t be enough to correct the issues there.


East Grand Forks City Administrator David Murphy said after the Grand Forks council decision, East Grand Forks council members will need to talk about the next steps moving forward at a future work session meeting

In other news Tuesday, council members:

  • Gave a reminder of the sixth annual East Grand Forks Showcase, which will be held in the east parking lot at the Civic Center from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14.
  • Approved advertising and initiating the interview process for a parks maintenance worker, after the Parks Department received a resignation. The position is budgeted in the Parks & Recreation Department with a salary of $19.47 to $25.31 per hour.
  • Authorized the Fire Department to accept a $5,000 grant through the American Crystal Sugar Company’s Community Roots Giving Program. The money will be used to replace the Fire Department’s 30-year-old homemade fire hose tester and will go toward the purchase of a new fire hose testing machine, which will be much more user friendly and will have safety features built into it.
Meghan Arbegast grew up in Security-Widefield, Colorado. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from North Dakota State University in Fargo, in 2021.

Arbegast wrote for The Spectrum, NDSU's student newspaper, for three years and was Head News Editor for two years. She was an intern with University Relations her last two semesters of college.

Arbegast covers news pertaining to the city of Grand Forks/East Grand Forks including city hall coverage.

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