The Anoka City Council had expected to make a decision at Monday’s meeting on the preservation of the Rum River stone house.
But no contractors bid on the project.
Public Services Director Greg Lee said he followed up with five companies that would do this type of work.
Three said they were not interested in the project, but two others said the timing was difficult and they were not able to get quotes from subcontractors to meet the Sept. 11 bid deadline.
“Our proposal is to extend the date and bring quotes back Oct. 1,” said Lee.
At that time the ccouncil could vote to award a contract.
Staff has also been in touch with a company that has done work at the Minnesota Zoo, which might also be interested in the project, Lee said.
Preserving the stone house, built by the Giddings family 90 years ago, has been a topic of discussion for city leaders.
The Rum River has taken its toll on the historic structure, and the city is now at a point where it either has to do something to preserve what’s left or let Mother Nature take her course.
“It is not without controversy that we would a restore a historic structure or at least preserve it,” said Mayor Phil Rice, who said prior to the meeting a constituent urged him to vote no on doing work to the stone house.
Lee said the city is only looking to preserve and stabilize what’s left of the stone house, not restore it.
At a work session last month the council heard it could cost as much as $300,000 to completely restore the stone house to current engineering standards.
At the time City Manager Tim Cruikshank said that level of spending on the historic structure was not realistic.
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