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Brainerd City Council: North 10th Street may see sidewalk expansion

Street and sidewalk projects gained Brainerd City Council approval to go before a public hearing on March 5.

Two of the projects — North 10th and Front streets — come with sidewalk considerations. Extending sidewalks along North 10th Street comes with removal of large maple trees and one large pine.

Council member Kelly Bevans noted North 10th is virtually without sidewalks now as is the south side of Front Street near the city’s police station.

Bevans said it’s in the best interest of the city to have sidewalks there. A safety and public works committee recommendation Tuesday was to split the assessment for the sidewalk in half. The city would pay 50 percent of the sidewalk cost of $42,378 and 50 percent would be assessed to the property owner.

The city is proposing expanding the sidewalk and closing gaps on North 10th Street. Three large maple trees could be slated for removal on the east side of the 400 block of 10th street. The current sidewalk ends at the north entrance to the Franklin Arts Center building.

To put in a sidewalk between Ivy and Holly streets, two large maple trees and one large pine tree would need to be removed on the 500 block, the city reported. Putting a sidewalk on the east side of North 10th Street, between Grove and Holly streets, isn’t feasible because of the topography on that 600 block.

The total cost for the sidewalk project was $90,739, which included an additional cost of $48,361 for tree removal and replacement; grading, turf replacement and driveway crossing work.

Projects details include:

• Front Street between East River Road and South Second Street, for complete reconstruction, with exception of new curb and gutter, for an estimated cost of $60,565.50. If adding sidewalk, the cost will increase by $6,720.

• North 10th Street, between Washington and Grove streets, with complete reconstruction, including sanitary sewer and some storm sewer adjustments. Cost is estimated to be $305,499 with $111,000 in utility reconstruction.

• North Sixth Street, between Washington and Juniper streets, for reconstruction of the north half of the block between Washington and Kingwood streets. Cost is estimated to be $107,691.

• North Seventh Street, between Washington and Kingwood streets, for reconstruction and minor storm sewer adjustments. Cost is estimated to be $77,186.

The public hearing is set for 7:30 p.m. March 5.

RENEE RICHARDSON may be reached at 855-5852 or Follow on Twitter @Dispatchbizbuzz.

Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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