Benson schools debate use of civic center for gymnastics

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By Reed Anfinson
Swift County Monitor-News

One potential hurdle for renovation of the north end of Benson Civic Center for use by the Benson Public Schools for gymnastics and other programs has been overcome.

As it pursued renovation of the building for gymnastics, the school and civic center boards sought bids for the project. Kranz Construction of Milan said it could do the project for $493,000.

Though it has been more than a year since Kranz gave the school district its bid, it has agreed to honor it if work begins soon on the facility, School Board Member Bill McGeary told fellow board members at their Oct. 21 meeting.

“The civic center has done its part. The city has done its part. Whether or not this project goes forward is now at this table,” McGeary said.

The school board’s decision on whether or not it is going to enter into an agreement to use the civic center for its gymnastics program got a deadline at Monday night’s Benson City Council meeting.

Council Member Jack Evenson said there are a couple of businesses that would like to use the north end of the civic center and would pay the city rent. They need an answer soon, he said.

To get the school board to make a decision, Evenson moved that the city set of a deadline of Dec. 16 for it to decide whether or not it will lease the space. His motion passed with unanimous consent...


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