City to hold hearings on street projects

Published 9:45 am Monday, April 12, 2010

Community members tonight will have the opportunity to voice their opinions about two road construction projects planned for the summer.

The first project involves the mill, overlay and miscellaneous curb, gutter and sidewalk replacement on Front Street from U.S. Highway 69 to Broadway Avenue and on Hammer Road from Greenwood Drive to Bridge Avenue.

The project includes the installation of new sidewalk on the north side of Hammer Road from Bridge Avenue to where the existing sidewalk ends to the west of Highland Avenue.

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Estimated costs are about $555,000 with $212,000 being assessable to adjacent property owners.

The remaining $343,000 would be paid for with state aid funds.

The Albert Lea City Council accepted the feasibility report for the project at its March 8 meeting.

The second project involves the street reconstruction, sanitary sewer and watermain installation on U.S. Highway 69 for a handful of houses.

The houses were annexed into the city in 2008 after the development phase of Wedgewood Cove.

Of the five homes being served, only four benefit from the road being constructed, thus, the road costs would be split between four homes.

One home that recently installed a new septic system will be credited for a portion of the system.

Engineering is recommending the eastern half of the roadway be city cost, along with the trunk sewer and watermain. This would increase the city cost to about $73,000 with the assessable portion $104,000, according to background information.

Because of the value of the proposed assessments, the assessments would be paid back over a 15-year period.

In other action, the City Council will:

Have an informational meeting regarding the orderly annexation of three tracts of land in Bancroft Township.

Vote whether to declare May 8 as Annual Hometown Pride Cleanup Day within the city.

If approved, city residents would have the chance to dispose of many items free of charge or at a reduced rate at the transfer station and demolition landfill.

Cleanup day would go from 9 a.m. to noon with proof of city residency required.

Reduced rates include the following: brush and yard waste would be free; household garbage would be free; demolition debris would be free; appliance and sofa beds would be $10 each; other furniture would be $5 each; passenger car tires would be $3; and rims and E-waste would be at regular rates.

Vote whether to approve an agreement with the Albert Lea Community Baseball Association for rights to sell food and beverages at Snyder Field from April 24 through Aug. 31.

Under the proposed agreement, the association would be an independent contract and would be responsible for day-to-day operations.

The association would be required to maintain insurance and would pay $50 per month.

Hear a request to have a kids-only campout by the Albert Lea Parks & Recreation Department and the Albert Lea School’s Environmental Learning Center.

If the campout is approved, children would be dropped off Thursday, July 29 at 4 p.m. and would be picked up the next day at 10 a.m.

They would participate in activities such as canoeing, scavenger hunts, a guided night hike, among other activities and would camp out and make two meals over a campfire.

Approval is necessary because overnight camping is typically prohibited in city parks.

Hear a request to close Frank Avenue from East Front Street to James Avenue and James Avenue from Frank Avenue to The Children’s Center parking lot from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 5 for the Land Between the Lakes Kids Triathlon.