City Council expected to OK cleanup day

Published 9:19 am Monday, April 25, 2011

The Albert Lea City Council today is slated to approve the annual Hometown Pride Cleanup Day, which encourages residents to take advantage of free or reduced rates at the city landfill.

Hometown Pride Cleanup Day is tentatively scheduled for May 7. The council will consider the following proposed rates:

• Brush/yard waste: free

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• Household garbage: free

• Demolition debris: free

• Appliance/sofa beds: $10 each

• Furniture: $5 each

• Tires: $3 each

• Rims, electronic waste: regular rates

If approved the rates will be in effect from 9 a.m. to noon that day. Proof of city residence will be required.

In other action, the council is slated to:

• Have two public hearings.

The first is for the reconstruction of North Lincoln Avenue, including the replacement of watermain, sanitary sewer and curb and gutter, along with the replacement of existing gravel surface with a bituminous roadway.

Estimated costs are about $131,000, with about 46 percent being assessed to adjacent property owners, 19 percent coming from the city’s sanitary sewer fund, 19 percent coming from the city’s water fund and 16 percent coming from the city’s general fund.

The second project includes resurfacing the downtown alleys between Washington Avenue and Broadway Avenue from College Street to Water Street.

Estimated costs are about $150,000 with $116,000 being assessed and the remainder being city costs.

• Vote whether to accept bids and award the contract for the state aid neighborhood project planned for the summer.

The project includes the mill, overlay and miscellaneous curb, gutter and sidewalk replacement on the following streets:

— Greenwood Drive, from the Greenwood Drive bridge to Hammer Road

— Eighth Street from Broadway Avenue to Margaretha Avenue

— Margaretha Avenue, from 14th Street to 19th Street

— Garfield Avenue from the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad to Fairlane Terrace

The project also includes street widening and curb and gutter installation along Margaretha Avenue from 16th Street to 17th Street.

The city received one bid for the project from Ulland Bros. for about $517,000.

The engineer’s estimate was about $530,000.

• Recognize the Kevin Clapper family for their recent lifesaving efforts of Kris Schewe and Beth Sackson, who were sleeping at the time a fire started at their home at 322 Vine Ave. earlier this month.

• Vote whether to accept a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant for the resurfacing of Becker Drive after damages from flooding between Sept. 22 and Oct. 14.

The city was eligible for about $3,700 for the project.

• Vote whether to approve an amendment to the conditional use permit for First Lutheran Church.

If approved, the amendment would allow for the construction of a new garage and parking area on the south side of the building, at the northwest corner of West William Street and St. Mary Avenue.

• Vote whether to order the improvement of about 1,640 feet of sanitary sewer along Stevens Street. The project includes upgrading the sanitary sewer line to an 18-inch line, with the outlet of the proposed line being 21 inches.

• Vote whether to accept bids and award the contract for the removal of the house at 1021 Fourth Ave.

Albert Lea Fire Chief Paul Stieler said the house has been placarded for several years and is dilapidated beyond repair.

Five bids have been received for the removal, ranging from $2,875 to $8,500. The low bid came from Larson Contracting.

• Vote whether to accept bids and award the contract for mowing services for private and public properties that violate the city’s ordinance.

Only one bid was received from Denny Olson. The bid was $40 for property up to 12,000 square feet and $55 for property 12,001 to 20,000 square feet.

The city paid $35 for properties up to 12,000 square feet in 2010 and $45 for properties 12,001 to 20,000 square feet.

• Vote whether to approve an agreement between the state and the Albert Lea Police Department regarding the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

The task force is a federal grant-funded program designed to combat crimes against children that are happening online.

The program was previously administered by the St. Paul Police Department, but last fall the state took over the program.

• Vote whether to approve a request to hold the fourth annual April Sorensen Memorial Half Marathon and Relay on July 9.

The race route is expected to be the same as 2010, with the race starting at the Country Inn & Suites, going along Albert Lea Lake and ending in Hayward.

• Vote whether to approve placing a deaf child sign on the west side of the road on St. John Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets. There is a family with a 6-year-old son in the area who is deaf.

• Vote whether to authorize work comp coverage for the Port Authority Board.