Council sets its street schedule
Published 11:52 am Thursday, February 28, 2013
The Albert Lea City Council is moving ahead on two street improvement projects scheduled for the summer.
The council on Monday accepted feasibility reports for the projects and ordered a public hearing where residents will be able to give feedback about the projects and the proposed costs.
The first project includes a 2-inch bituminous overlay on the following streets:
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• Garden Road from Richway Drive to Willamor Road
• Willamor Road from Garden Road to Channel Road
• Ridge Road from Meredith Road to Garden Road
• Channel Road from The Fairway to Lake Shore Drive
• Cardinal Lane from Martin Road to Richway Drive
• Sherwood Avenue from Johnson Street to State Street
• Wayside Avenue from State Street to Stevens Road
• Rezin Avenue from Frontage Road to S.E. Marshall Street
• Meredith Road from Garden Road to Ridge Road
• Willamor Circle from Willamor Drive to the cul-de-sac
• Ridge Circle from Ridge Road to the cul-de-sac
• Robin Road from Ridge Road to Lakeshore Drive
• Consul Street from Rezin Avenue to about 500 feet east of Prospect Avenue
• State Street from Sherwood Avenue to Wayside Avenue
• Morningside Road from Stevens Road to East Main Street
It also calls for replacing various sections of curb and gutter that are causing drainage issues and placing bituminous on Lakeshore Drive from Robin Road to Channel Drive, where it is currently gravel.
The second project calls for a bituminous overlay and miscellaneous curb and gutter replacement on Fourth Avenue from West Ninth Street to Front Street.
It also includes sidewalk on the west side of Fourth Avenue from Front Street to Plainview Lane.
A public hearing about both projects will be March 25.
In other action, the City Council:
• Heard a presentation from Freeborn County Administrator John Kluever about a walking challenge between the city and county employees in January.
Freeborn County employees walked an average of 45,374 steps each week during the month, compared to an average of 41,935 steps by the city employees.
Kluever presented City Administrator Chad Adams with a trophy of an old sneaker mounted to the top for being the losing team. It will be displayed in Adams’ office for a year.
Aside from the friendly rivalry between the city and county, the employees also competed against employees from Byron, the Rice and Steele 911 center, Fillmore County, Wabasha County, Preston and the Southeast Service Cooperative.
In the overall competition, Freeborn County came in third place, and the city received an honorable mention.
There were 10,727,190 total steps taken.
• Accepted a revised feasibility report for the reconstruction of West Ninth Street from U.S. Highway 69 to South Broadway.
The project consists of a bituminous reclamation and overlay of Ninth Street from Highway 69 to Fourth Avenue and a mill and overlay from Fourth Avenue to South Broadway.
• Authorized an agreement with Allman & Associates of Rochester to provide mechanical engineering services for the remodel of the HVAC system at City Hall.
The agreement was for not more than $50,000.