Dickinson set to discuss Town Square and public safety training center at commission – The Dickinson Press

DICKINSON — As the Town of Dickinson enters the final month of the first quarter of 2022, ongoing projects remain the focus of the Board of Commissioners’ discussions.

The Dickinson City Commission will convene at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at New City Hall at 99 Second St. E. for its regular meeting. Topics on the agenda include updates on the Town Square project as well as a review of a proposed master plan for a public safety training center.

Dickinson’s town square has been on the town’s radar for the previous two meetings as town officials faced setbacks in the project.

In January , City Administrator Brian Winningham addressed the biggest issues facing the Town Square project, including the additional excavations needed on the foundations following the discovery of concrete and debris below the surface. of the Dickinson City Commission meeting on Feb. 1, Director of Public Works Gary Zuroff provided an update on the progress of the estimated $5.2 million project, detailing height and power concerns available for the scene.

During the

February 15

Town of Dickinson meeting, Zach Mathern of JLG Architects provided an amendment for an additional scope of work which addresses stage size and access, stage power systems, stage infrastructure the real portable ice rink and vehicle access instead.

“The city asked us to review several aspects of the project to reanalyze whether those aspects meet the city’s requirements and expectations,” Mathern said. “…These are all things that we have gone through a design process with the downtown working group to address those design elements. There have been questions raised by various entities as to whether these issues have been settled, so we would like to provide the information so that we can make that determination and then move forward with amending those items if necessary.

A rendering of Dickinson Town Square shows what the structure will look like during a warm season.

Contribution / JLG Architects

Several concerns have been raised at previous Town of Dickinson public meetings regarding the size and access of the stage and whether it meets the requirements of the various groups that may be performing in Downtown Square.

“…It is designed to accommodate many events, including small events that will happen spontaneously, such as children performing daily on stage up to some sort of large concert that thousands of people can attend,” Mathern mentioned . “As we consider these types of events and the requirements of these events, we are looking at some of the requirements of some of the bands that have played at First on First events.”

Some of these bands playing during the First on First Summer Concert Series require a 30 foot by 25 foot 3 foot high stage, a 16 foot by 24 foot stage, or a 30 foot by 40 foot stage of 4 feet tall. Mathern noted that many of these requirements will be “temporarily met.”

“For a large group that requires a stage that is 30ft by 40ft and 4ft high, you may need to bring a portable stage and place it above your stage. It may be difficult to understand, but the situation is that this is a specially designed outdoor scene; it is open 24/7. It’s not really safe to have a 4ft stage in a public place,” he said, adding, “And so it was never intended to always be available for a national band. itinerant.

JLG Architects strives to provide a scene that will accommodate 80% of city activity and meet the necessary requirements. Currently, the stage is approximately 41 feet by 20 feet deep and 16 inches tall. There are 2 additional feet at the front of the stage which are provided for steps.

The architectural firm is seeking to meet with the owner’s design team, or anyone the city would like to appoint for this interaction, to review the requirements, discuss decisions made early in the process, and determine whether those decisions were appropriate or necessary. be adjusted. JLG Architects is not asking for any compensation for this, Mathern said, adding that if changes were to be made to the construction documents, the company would offer to do so in a second phase.

Other scheduled discussion topics

The City of Dickinson Public Safety Center is pictured.
The City of Dickinson Public Safety Center, pictured above, houses the city’s fire and police departments. The city is currently in discussions about how a future public safety training center will benefit local emergency responders and what that site will look like.

Jackie Jahfetson / The Dickinson Press

The March 1 meeting will also include a special assessment update on the 2022 Plant and Overlay Report, an opening of bids for the expansion of the Dickinson City Mausoleum, and a presentation of the Minnesota-based architecture firm LEO A DALY as well as city commentary. fire and police services.

At previous town of Dickinson town hall meetings, commissioners and town staff have discussed what they envisioned for the public safety training center. The commission authorized an architectural and exploration fee of $30,000 to recover data on what this project might look like.

The estimated $19 million project – which is subject to change during planning and design – would be a fully funded public safety training center that includes training for police and firefighters and a firing range domestic audience, Winningham said in a previous post.

“These are all pre-decision pieces of information and we asked the architects and the contractor to look at different types of phases and whether we can phase out the process,” Winningham said, adding, “We also took into consider the location of the site, which is our current fire training area just south of Eighth and State.

The architects examined similar public safety training facilities in Minnesota and Michigan with this model of public recreation in mind. The city is also considering conducting its own public inquiry to determine the extent of the need for an indoor shooting range.

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