5/16/2019 2:05:00 PM Chisago City Council earmarks $117,000 extra in street repairs
At a special workshop May 7, the Chisago City Council agreed to spend an additional $117,000 to repair streets.
After reviewing a road inventory provided by the city engineer, the council authorized City Administrator John Pechman to use undesignated local government aid to fund the over-budget street maintenance projects.
The Council expanded this summer’s planned street improvements adding microsurfacing of: Aldrid Avenue/Oak Street, Sportsman Drive, and Matthew Drive/Hailey’s Court/Sharon’s Way for an estimated additional cost of $89,500. After reviewing an initial quote, the council agreed to proceed with obtaining a second quote before selecting a contractor and ordering the work.
The council also allocated another $28,000 to repair frost boils on several gravel roads, and will take a do-it-yourself approach to repair blacktop on Johnson Lane. Administrator Pechman said the city can use its own dump truck to haul asphalt to Johnson Lane, spread the asphalt with its own grader and then rent a roller to finish.
The new projects were added to $133,000 in previously scheduled summer street improvements. Those projects range from crack filling to chip/fog seal and micropaving. Streets due for previously budgeted improvements include: the Raspberry Hills Development, East Street, Park Place, 284th off of Lamar Avenue, 260th and Sunset Drive, 245th and 246th, Kismet Isle, and Iris Avenue.
In other business: - At the request of Council member Jeremy Dresel, the council discussed the need to escrow adequate funds to guarantee completion of development projects in the city, and to have city staff check to make sure that the required work is actually done before the county issues a certificate of occupancy. Funds are often held in escrow for things like completion of lawn seeding, sodding and tree planting. Dresel wants to make sure the amount held in escrow is enough to complete the work if the developer doesn’t, and to better track completion.
Administrator Pechman was instructed to look at the amount the city currently holds in escrow before the council makes a decision on an increase.