Sand Point Beach Park pier

The Prior Lake City Council voted Monday to replace the Sand Point Beach Park fishing pier after more than 30 years of use.

Prior Lake will publicly honor Purple Heart recipients and will build a new fishing pier at Sand Point Beach Park after unanimous City Council votes Monday.

The council’s Purple Heart City Proclamation designates parking spots at City Hall and Veteran’s Memorial Park for recipients of the Purple Heart, a military medal going to those wounded or killed while serving, and recognizes their contributions.

Scott County is home to at least 88 medial recipients, City Manager Michael Plante said. Councilmember Zach Braid before the council vote said society owes them especially deep gratitude.

Sand Point pier

A new pier with a concrete deck almost 7 feet wide will replace the more than 30-year-old vinyl pier at Sand Point Beach next year for about $74,000, according to city documents.

The pier gets a lot of use and needs expensive repairs if it isn’t replaced, city staff wrote, noting the structure has been rebuilt and re-welded multiple times.

The city received two bids and chose one about $30,000 higher because of the materials, larger size and other features, staff said.

Andy Brotzler, the city engineer and public works director, on Wednesday said Great Outdoor Services plans to manufacture the pier over the next several months and deliver it in the fall for installation next spring.

Capital

improvement talks

New police and fire department radios, replacement storm sirens and other equipment could all come in the next five years under a tentative capital improvement plan council members began discussing Monday.

Each year’s capital improvement program guides spending over the next several years on such needs as buying new vehicles, improving parks and paving streets. A work session before the council’s meeting covered some of the proposed plan’s public safety and public works pieces.

The whole program will come up for a public hearing and final vote later this year, city Finance Director Cathy Erickson said.

The police and fire chiefs pointed to outdated radios as one major need. Police Chief Steven Frazer said a handful of storm sirens in the city run on alternating current only, meaning they don’t have backup power during an outage, so another of his priorities would be to replace them.

Community editor

Dan Holtmeyer is the community editor for the Prior Lake and Savage papers. He grew up in Nebraska and worked as a journalist in Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas before coming to Minnesota in 2018.

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