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Feb 25

Government Buildings and Grounds Update

Posted on February 25, 2021 at 3:11 PM by Jessica Abrahams

Author: Aaron Fitzloff, Facility Manager Government Buildings and Grounds

2021 is here!! We have survived a deep freeze and temperatures are looking up. Let’s all hope that 2021 is an improvement from 2020. Hoping for some normalcy back in our lives.


Here are some updates of what Government buildings has been up to since my last article. My staff has been busy carpeting and painting City Hall. We are currently finishing up a modification to the front entrance to open it up and make it more inviting. We will be adding new carpet throughout the main entrance and into the museum. Second floor has received a fresh coat of paint. We are currently also working to upgrade Brown Park restrooms to ADA compliant. New flooring, lighting and fixtures will be added. West Hills Social Commons Kitchen Hoods upgrade has been completed. I would like to thank the Owatonna Foundation for their generous contribution to help pay for a portion of this project. The repair and reconstruction of the back steps of Merrill Hall was completed. Making the steps safer for our Wee Pal little friends. Contracted out some tenant improvements for our newest tenant at the airport Accelerated Aviation Instruction. This consisted of new carpet, LED lighting and new ceiling grid.


Future projects that will be done in 2021 be will Fire Hall Tower Rehabilitation to alleviate water infiltration into the building and structural repair.  Morehouse Chalet and Maintenance shop roof replacements. Merrill Hall will be getting a new fire panel and device upgrade.


Lifeguard Training –Registration Now Open

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatics emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. Register by calling the Owatonna Parks and Recreation Office 507-444-4321 or by registering online using the Owatonna Parks and Rec registration website.

Option 1: March 22nd-26th (All days 9:00am-1:00pm)

Option 2: April 24-27 (24th 8:00am-3:30pm, 25th 8:00am-3:30pm, 27th 7:00pm-9:30pm)

Option 3: May 8-11 (8th 8:00am-3:30pm, 9th 8:00am-3:30pm, 11th 7:00pm-9:30pm)

Option 4: June 14th-18th (All days 8:00am-1:00pm)


Water Aerobics

Registration for March 1-4 and March 8-11 is now open. Registration can be made over the phone by calling 507-774-7105 or by registering online. Cost: 3 day class $15.00 per week or 2 day class $10.00 per week

Classes Available:

M/W 10:15am-11:10am

M/W 11:30am-12:25am

T/TH 7:15am-8:10am

T/TH 8:30am-9:25am

T/TH 4:00pm-4:55pm

T/W/TH 5:15pm-6:10pm