by Logan Gruber
At their July 13 meeting, the Sauk Rapids City Council approved the use of up to $10,000 in sales-tax revenue to install electrical equipment on joint city-/school district-owned property at Mayhew Creek Park.
The school district plans to install a softball and soccer scoreboard on the property, which will need electrical infrastructure provided by the city. The district also plans to install a new football scoreboard, but does not need new infrastructure for that project.
The proposed cost to install the electrical equipment is $8,000. The city was not asked to help pay for the installation of the signs, the signs themselves or their maintenance. Design Electrical Contractors, based in St. Cloud, quoted the electrical work. The electrical for the soccer scoreboard will cost around $1,800, while the softball scoreboard will cost around $6,200 to prepare.
Luke Lutterman, activities director for Sauk Rapids-Rice High School, brought the proposal to the city.
Daktronics, based in Brookings, S.D., is the firm supplying the new scoreboards. Daktronics has supplied the video displays for the Gopher’s TCF Bank Stadium, as well as the new Vikings stadium, among others.
The soccer scoreboard will be 12-feet wide 7-feet-6-inches tall, not counting the legs it stands on, and the softball scoreboard will be 14-feet wide and 8-feet-6-inches tall.
Regular city council meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the month in the council chambers at the Government Center, 250 Summit Ave. N. These meetings are open to the public, and a public hearing for any topic a citizen might want to speak about before the council is held near the beginning of every meeting. The meetings are also broadcast live on the city’s cable access channel, Charter channel 181. Agendas and meeting minutes may be viewed at the Government Center, or online at ci.sauk-rapids.mn.us.