Japanese Gardens renovations continue

Kayla Charles
Posted 8/29/23

Special City Council Meeting

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Japanese Gardens renovations continue


The Flandreau city council made the decision to still allow Kyle and Wendi Haug of Parlly Property Trust to hold the contract of the Japanese Garden after touring the grounds on Monday, August 21..
Council members held a special meeting at the Flandreau city park to tour the Japanese Garden grounds that is currently being renovated by the Haugs.
The Haugs have been in contract with the City of Flandreau to renovate the building since May of 2021. The current contract stated the building would need to be renovated and operational by August 1, 2023. That deadline was not met.
Kyle Haug stated later during the regular council meeting he believed the actual deadline to be May of 2024.
During the tour of the Japanese Gardens Haug explained to those in attendance that most of the work that has gone into the building has been structural and cannot be seen. One example he provided was the leveling and replacingthe unseen floor joists.

Another was the electrical wiring that was all removed and replaced in the ceiling. Haug plans to leave the ceiling open and paint it white once the weather is more cooperative. The same goes for the sealing of the floor.
The tables that were on the west side of the dance floor are currently in one of Haug’s shops being refurbished. They will be put back in their original spots once complete.
No renovations have been made to the booth area on the far west edge of the building.
The male and female bathrooms remain in the same conditions since closing the building. During the regular city council meeting it was decided that those would not need to be renovated as restrooms. This was deemed not necessary by the council since the new restrooms were added by the city right outside the building.
Haugs have commercial grade appliances ready to be installed in the kitchen. Alderman Mark Ekern made the Haugs aware of a drain issue that has always plagued the garden’s kitchen. Theyplan to make those repairs before shoring up the kitchen renovation.
The building still needs to be reroofed and now also resided. Kyle Haug expressed the paint of the exterior of the building did not turn out and they will be residing it to look as much to original as possible.
No final agreement between the city and Haugs was signed the evening of August 21st due to some fine tuning in wording needing to be fixed. Instead, the motion was made for City Administrator Cohl Turnquist to work with the Haugs to come to an agreement.