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The road so far

■ The road so far

A feasibility study of the street and utility project was completed in 2005. It was updated in 2012.

Residents on Wildflower and Franklin petitioned the city for road surface improvements two years ago.

At the improvement hearing in November of 2013, the estimated project costs were $2.69 million. When bids were opened in April, costs were higher. The increase came on a couple of fronts. The city added items, such as the paved trail, storm-water ditching and extended utilities on Woida and Inglewood. In addition, costs were higher than expected for dewatering. The groundwater is close to the surface in the project area and that water level will have to be lowered in order to allow the work from 5-7 feet down to an estimated 25 feet.

The city reported costs for water and sanitary sewer pipe were higher than anticipated.

In an effort to make the project more affordable and closer to the initial $14,000 estimated assessment, the city voted to take on a larger percentage of dewatering costs from 50 percent to 60 percent. Noting the project benefits the city as a whole, the council also voted to increase its share of constructing utilities from 10 percent to 20 percent.

The city agreed to increase its percentage of remaining water and sanitary sewer costs from 15 percent to 25 percent, to pay all storm sewer costs, all costs for the street beyond the 26 feet and costs for curb and gutter.

The city is also negotiating and had deals in place for easements and pieces of land needed for the project.

What’s remaining is assessed to individual land owners.

If property owners pay off the entire assessment within 30 days, they would pay no interest.

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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