AUBURN – The City of Auburn is designing a temporary parking lot to meet the needs of the new Credent Wealth Management headquarters at 200 E. 7th St.

The three-story office building is slated to open in February 2022 to house Credent’s head office, which now has employees spread across multiple locations across the city.

Auburn’s works council on Thursday hired engineering firm Jones Petrie Rafinski to design what has been referred to as the Cedar Creek Landing temporary parking project. The company will be paid $ 8,000 to complete the design within three months.

The temporary lot will occupy land along the west bank of Cedar Creek, between 7th and 9th Street. It will use both city-owned land that faces 7th Street and American Legion Post 97 land that faces 9th Street.

To comply with floodplain rules, the parking lot surface must allow rain to seep into the ground instead of draining to the creek, city engineer Daryl McConnell said.

As part of the city’s Credent incentive program, company employees will be able to use the land free of charge.

The city is working to find a permanent solution to provide more parking in the downtown area, McConnell said.

Jones Petrie Rafinski previously designed the city’s plan to improve the streetscape in the downtown 100 block of W. 6th St., now the center of the city’s arts district.

The council also hired Donahue Engineering to design a new centrifuge facility at the city’s water pollution control plant. Mayor Mike Ley said the project could be completed in late 2022 or early 2023.

A contract to rebuild three interconnecting streets in east Auburn – Mark Drive, Roger Drive and Melony Lane – was awarded to Crosby Excavating for $ 585,807.

Auburn Fire Chief Michael VanZile has been cleared to hire Cody LaRowe as a new career firefighter for the Auburn Fire Department.

Council approved three temporary street closures for the end of the summer:

• East 11th Street, between McClellan and Center streets, will be closed on July 3 for a block party;

• 10th Street next to the Auburn Moose Center will be closed July 17 from 11 am to 5 pm for a putting competition for the benefit of court-appointed special advocates;

• Several streets in downtown Auburn will be closed September 2-5 for the annual Auburn Cord Duesenberg festival.

The board approved agreements for an interconnection by the Auburn Electricity Utility to purchase electricity from the Auburn Renewables solar grid.

Construction of the 55-acre Auburn Renewables solar farm southwest of Auburn was approved on Tuesday evening by the Auburn Zoning Appeals Board and the Auburn Plan Commission. Plans are to begin construction in July and complete the solar field in May 2022.

The project’s solar panels will produce 11.25 megawatts of alternating current which will be sold to the city-owned Auburn Electric utility. Rob Higgins of Auburn Electric said on Tuesday the city would pay no more for solar power than the prices it pays any other wholesale electricity supplier.