9/26/2013 4:27:00 PM County engineer updates Wyoming Council on plan
Wyoming City Council had a visitor last week-- Chisago County Engineer Joe Triplett talked for a few minutes about a 2014 CSAH 30 (old Hwy. #61) project. The work zone starts at the lighted intersection on Viking Boulevard (at the Cornerstone) and heads north. Wyoming will be asked by MnDOT and the county to grant “municipal consent” to the design and road layout sometime within a month or so, Triplett explained. Early drawings were viewed last week and there were a couple questions about leaving some grass alongside the road and library access to new sidewalk on the east side, but council members mostly just listened.
In Stacy the project includes storm sewer work and four-way intersection improvements and lane reconfiguration, as well as the new roadbed. Triplett said right-of-way is secured and bids are scheduled to be opened in December. This will be a concrete road, so bidding follows a little different timeframe than bituminous. Work will be done under traffic, Triplett added, either by providing one side of the road at a time or using shoulders. Contractor bids will define their preferences when they bid. An issue with a structure used as a haunted house as part of the “dead end hayride” at Pine Haven, has not been resolved. The special amusement site does not meet mandatory fire and building codes, the memo from the city attorney explained. Owners were put on notice last year regarding code issues. Legal counsel will commence an injunction action unless action is taken immediately to rectify code issues.
Council voted 5-0 to allow the police chief to terminate a record management agreement currently with Pro Phoenix and go with a joint powers agreement with the county sheriff and North Branch Police for the system. Paul Hoppe, chief, explained to council the cost for the JPA annually is less than what Wyoming was expected to contribute in the other contract or $20,000 versus about $18,000 with the county personnel taking care of communications equipment, shared reports and records, etc. The Pro Phoneix agreement will end in mid-October. In a special council session the Chisago County Press did not receive notice of; council met the deadline to establish Wyoming’s maximum 2014 levy.
Council had three members attending the meeting September 10 and two (mayor and Roger Elmore) adopted the levy at $4,154,106. According to meeting minutes Linda Nanko-Yeager supported going with an option for $3.9 million. Mayor Peterson and Elmore had argued this action sets a preliminary not-to-exceed levy amount and the final is adopted in December. A hearing on assessments for the Fallbrook Avenue improvements and utilities project, which is nearing completion, is set for October 15, 7 p.m.
Project costs are estimated at $636,789 and property owners will pay about $102,000 of this. City Engineer Mark Erichson said cost estimates are purposely on the high side and can be adjusted as final pay claims arrive. The council originally agreed there’d be 20 percent of drainage and roadway costs assessed to adjoining parcels, payable over 10 years. Each assessment will be calculated and presented at the October hearing. The project area is from 264th Street north 1,700 feet. Public Works Supervisor Jason Windingstad reported crews will be putting an overlay on basketball courts at Swenson, Blue Spruce and Lyons Parks.
He said road grading isn’t done when the weather conditions are so dry, but with a little rainfall coming grading could get underway. The dryness makes the “binder” breakdown and gravel loss is not desireable. Also-- stop disposing wet wipes and rags in the sewer system. Maintenance workers had to pull pumps at the wastewater lift station on Forest Blvd. because of a “large amount of rags” caught in the mechanical parts.
The pumps and wear rings will be rebuilt. In public comment resident Ken Anderson thanked Council member Nanko-Yeager for her no vote on the city’s original proposed financing plan for roadwork, and said she was vindicated by the referendum defeat adding that she was the only one in synch with the public on this issue. (The bonding vote went down about two to one.) ~ Fire Relief Association President Jason Van Tassel thanked many community members, including the council, for their efforts in Stagecoach Days. The firefighters took over the community celebration starting this year, as a fundraiser. (Van Tassel’s comments are printed as a letter to the editor on page 3.)