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Contractor will cover Two Harbors bathhouse repair costs

The costs to repair the new Burlington Bay Campground bathhouse complex, damaged in late December by a ruptured water pipe, will be covered by the contractor, according to Two Harbors city officials.

The costs to repair the new Burlington Bay Campground bathhouse complex, damaged in late December by a ruptured water pipe, will be covered by the contractor, according to Two Harbors city officials.

T.L. Construction, the Floodwood-based contractor that built the bathhouse, will pay for the repairs because the building, which opened last year, remains under an active warranty, City Administrator Dan Walker told the News-Chronicle.

According to a list of projects and priorities given to the City Council at its Feb. 20 meeting, "Repairs will be done at no cost to the City of Two Harbors."

T.L. Construction owner Robert Defore declined to comment for this story when reached by phone last week.

The building had been winterized prior to a stretch of subzero temperatures in late December, but the extreme cold still managed to rupture a water pipe in the bathhouse.
Preventative measures to avoid future burst pipes are being explored.

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"There'll be a solution - it just hasn't been determined yet," Walker said.

The bathhouse will be repaired and reopened by May 1, he said.

The Burlington Bay Campground bathhouse was originally budgeted for $400,000. When the bids to build the bathhouse were submitted in March 2016, the lowest bid was $868,600.

Located next to the Two Harbors Chamber of Commerce building, the bathhouse serves the new RV campground.

In December, the Two Harbors City Council approved the 2018 budget, which includes $250,000 for another new bathhouse in the far north corner of the campground. The building is budgeted for the campground fund. The current bathhouse on that end of the campground sustained fire damage in October.

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