"All storm drain work is done," said Flanders, "as is most of the sanitary sewer. Installation of water will begin this week."
He added that the Costco pad will be ready to turn over to the retail warehouse giant's contractors by the first part of July.
"We would expect that they (Costco) will be dropping in to pick up a building permit by July 5," Flanders said. "And we should have the dedication plat in place by the end of the first week in July."
Flanders added the one portion of the site preparation project --the movement of the current cellular transmission tower -- is also imminent. It will, however, require a temporary cell tower be put in place over the four to six weeks required to build a new one. The temporary tower will be set up near the Carr Printing plant.
In answer to a question from a member of the council, Flanders said his contacts with Costco indicate it has no plans to delay its planned opening.
"They still feel good about the October 2005 opening," he said.
Flanders also updated council members on construction of the new city shops facility, going in immediately northeast of the new city hall. Block is now "going up," he said, "and the target deadline for completion is approximately three-and-a-half weeks, or July 23.
"We should be able to move in by the end of July," said Flanders.