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Baxter City Council to meet Tuesday on street projects

The Baxter City Council plans to meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in a work session to consider the feedback from a recent hearing on proposed summer street construction work.

Baxter City Council members listen during a public hearing earlier this month on the city street construction plans for summer. The council meets Tuesday to follow-up on information presented. Renee Richardson/Brainerd Dispatch
Baxter City Council members listen during a public hearing earlier this month on the city street construction plans for summer. The council meets Tuesday to follow-up on information presented. Renee Richardson/Brainerd Dispatch

The Baxter City Council plans to meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in a work session to consider the feedback from a recent hearing on proposed summer street construction work.

The council hosted a public hearing earlier this month. The compilation of street projects is expected to cost about $648,525, the exact price won't be known until bids are returned.

There are 88 lots in the residential plan to repave the city streets with an anticipated assessment of $3,522 or $617 per year during seven years. The city is paying $24,655 toward the project. The residential portion of the plan is expected to cost $309,965.

Cost for proposed work in the industrial park area is expected to be $338,560 or $66.31 per foot for frontage. In the commercial area 100 percent of the project will be assessed to benefiting property owners. The work in the commercial area for the more intensive project comes with a 12-year assessment. The interest rate is estimated at 4.75 percent.

Several property owners questioned whether their streets, which are listed in good condition by the city's own evaluation, are the ones to be worked on now when there are other streets in more need. The city's engineers stated the idea is to have a regular maintenance schedule for the city's streets, developed in recent years as the city's streets matured, in order to rotate through with a goal of extending pavement life-and delaying more costly reconstruction projects.

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For the proposed 2017 project, the residential streets listed for repaving of existing streets include Oak Street, Marohn Road, Mountain Ash Drive, Wedgewood Drive and Lakewood Lane.

The commercial streets proposed for work include Goedderz Road and Dogwood Drive for full-depth reclamation, or recycling the existing street and putting a new pavement on top. In the commercial area, broken or cracked concrete curb and gutter would also be replaced.

Other street projects in the works include Excelsior Road yet this year.

Memorywood Drive and College Road are slated for work in 2018.

The schedule calls for a council resolution in June, tentatively June 6, on whether to proceed. If the project gets the green light, plans will be prepared and bids advertised. The bids should be received in July. An assessment hearing with the costs per residence and business is then expected in August.

The project could be awarded in August. A public information meeting would be slated at the end of August with construction in August and September.

The project is expected to take four weeks to complete.

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