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Helmut Schmidt, Published January 23 2012

West Fargo School Board OKs rehabbing high school parking lot

HORACE, N.D. – West Fargo High School has needed a revamped parking lot for a few years.

This summer, it should finally happen.

The West Fargo School Board voted 7-0 Monday to do a total rehabilitation of the current parking lot, and to share the cost of rehabbing the Veterans Memorial Arena lot and driving lanes with the West Fargo Park District.

The board opted to replace the current asphalt with concrete. That will cost about $2.5 million, which includes administrative fees, engineering services, bonding and other costs, according to district estimates.

Redoing the project with asphalt would cost about $1.9 million, but board members opted for long-term savings, as concrete will last 50 years and require much less maintenance than asphalt.

An asphalt lot would last 25 years, Superintendent David Flowers said.

“It’s something that’s past due,” Flowers said. “It does need to be replaced.”

The district will pay 100 percent of the cost of rehabbing the school’s main and visitors’ lots. It will also pay 50 percent of the rehab costs for the arena lot, which is mostly used by students during the school year. The district will pay 85 percent of the cost of rehabbing driving lanes.

The rest of the project’s cost will be shouldered by the park district. That will be about $472,000, plus fees and other expenses, district figures show.

The lot rehabilitation will be paid through special assessments over 25 years, Flowers said.

The project must be bid to determine actual costs.

It will take the full summer to complete the project, Flowers said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583