Spring Lake Park council liquor store repair update

Spring Lake Park City Council members recently learned a project involving the Central Park Liquors loading dock will require more work than originally anticipated.

Earlier this month, City Engineer Phil Gravel told city leaders they might experience sticker shock when quotes are returned for the store improvements.

“We have draft plans ready. The next step is getting quotes,” he said July 2.

Last week, he said the scope and extent of the project had grown somewhat.

According to Gravel, the reconstruction work will include loading dock decking replacement, use of poured concrete versus block and new dock truck bumpers. The poured concrete will replace crumbling four-inch block and a portion of the existing retaining wall will be removed. The dock steps won’t be replaced.

“We are still moving ahead on the liquor store moving dock quotes,” Gravel said July 16. “Not replacing the loading dock steps is one money-saving option.”

A stand-alone trash dumpster enclosure is also included in the project, he said.

Councilmember Barbara Carlson asked how much the dock steps were used.

Joyce Swanson, Central Park Liquors store manager, said the dock steps were in disrepair. The ramp was easier for her to shovel during the winter, she said.

“The stairs haven’t been that great of a help and they are crumbling,” Swanson said. “I think getting rid of them would save money.”

Council members agreed.

Gravel said truck drivers would have to walk up the ramp to gain store access.

Bids for the loading dock and dumpster work would presented to the council in August, he said.

Tim Hennagir is at [email protected]