Briefs: Eagan's old Town Hall shrink-wrapped for winter

  • Updated: November 18, 2013 - 7:26 AM

A large snowflake light hung from a post along Nicollet Avenue in Burnsville, which will have a winter lighting ceremony.

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Drivers along Pilot Knob Road near Wescott Road and Kingswood will see a blanket of sorts encasing Eagan’s old Town Hall this winter.

The 1914 structure, which contained historical displays and artifacts, was damaged heavily by an arson fire in September. The City Council recently approved a plan to shrink-wrap the building to maintain surviving portions of the structure through the winter.

The plastic wrapping, which was scheduled to be done last week by a contractor, will cost about $2,100.

“There is not really adequate time before the snow falls to make decisions on what all the thoughtful options are for preservation and how to tell Eagan’s story going forward,” said Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire. “This buys us some time, preserving our options for preservation and giving us flexibility until this spring.”

The city will have additional conversations with the Eagan Historical Society regarding their priorities and goals for items that were saved from the fire.

The Eagan Police and Fire investigation into fire continues.


Start of library remodeling delayed until January

The remodeling of the Farmington Library will not start around Thanksgiving as expected. Now it’s expected to start about mid-January, according to Ken Behringer, Dakota County library director.

Bids from contractors who want to do the work will be accepted until Nov. 27.

The county’s facilities management officials are now concerned that moisture is coming through the concrete floor of the library.

“They will make preliminary assessments of the status by testing samples in various areas of the building. But the best analysis will come when the library is vacated and the full floor can be inspected with the carpet removed,’’ Behringer said.

If remediation is needed, that could affect the timing of the project.


Heart of the City lights up Nov. 27

Burnsville Community Foundation will sponsor the 15th-annual winter lighting ceremony in the Heart of the City.

More than 200,000 mini lights, 230 streetlight snowflakes and a 30-foot-tall tree will be lit up between 6 and 6:45 p.m. Nov. 27 at Nicollet Commons Park, on Nicollet Avenue and 126th Street just outside of the Burnsville Performing Arts Center.

The lighting ceremony is sponsored and paid for by the Burnsville Community Foundation, through donations from area businesses and residents.

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