City Council to vote on industrial park roads

Published 9:58 am Monday, March 14, 2011

The Albert Lea City Council tonight is slated to vote on whether to order various road improvements on Myers Road in the Jobs Industrial Park.

The project includes removal and replacement of existing concrete pavement, sanitary sewer, storm sewer and watermain; installation of a new underdrain system; installation of sidewalk on the south and west side of the roadway; among other improvements.

The road, which is two-thirds of a miles long — has experienced severe pavement failure and isolated flooding problems for several years.

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According to the feasibility report for the project in February, the proposed cost is $3.75 million.

The city is seeking out federal funding for the project, though it would be paid for with a combination city funds, state-aid funds, federal funds and assessments.

The design has been submitted to the state for review and approval; however, funding will not be determined and finalized until March.

If the federal funding falls through, the council may decide to push the construction back to 2012, according to background information provided by city staff.

During tonight’s meeitng, the City Council is expected to:

• Vote whether to pass a resolution supporting state bonding funds to extend city sewer and water to the Stables area.

• Vote whether to authorize a purchase agreement for about 10 acres of property north of Interstate 90 that will be used to install a new lighting system for the Albert Lea Airport.

The lights are being installed to increase the safety of pilots operating at the airport.

The proposed agreement includes $12,774 for 4.99 acres owned by Ulland Brothers Inc. and $20,400 for 4.85 acres owned by Sterns and Martin families.

The project is anticipated to be reimbursed at a 95 percent federal and 5 percent local rate.

• Vote whether to designate Greenwood Drive from the Greenwood Drive bridge to Hammer Road as no parking on the south side in order to be able to use state aid funding to complete road work there.

• Vote whether to approve an administrative survey for Wedgewood Cove Golf Club.