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Contractor will cover bathhouse repair costs

Ice formed on the exterior walls and door of the Burlington Bay Campground bathhouse complex in this January file photo. A pipe burst in late December due to extreme cold, but city officials said the contractor will make the necessary repairs at no cost to the City of Two Harbors. (Jimmy Lovrien/News-Chronicle)

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 Wednesday, March 7.

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 pipe bursts are being explored.

"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.

Jimmy Lovrien

Jimmy Lovrien is a reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. He spent the summer of 2015 as an intern for the Duluth News Tribune and was hired full time in October 2017 as a reporter for the Weekly Observer. He also reported for the Lake County News-Chronicle in 2017-18. Lovrien grew up in Alexandria, Minn., but moved to Duluth in 2013 to attend The College of St. Scholastica. Lovrien graduated from St. Scholastica in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in English and history. He also spent a summer studying journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

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