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December 11, 2019

11/29/2019 3:52:00 PM
Wyoming approves large street project

The Wyoming City Council approved a large 2020 street reconstruction project at the Tuesday, November 19 meeting.

The project will cover three neighborhoods on the west side of Highway 35, including Everton Circle and down to 261st Street and 261st Lane. It will include full reconstruction of the streets, along with concrete curb and gutter.

Jeff Pearson of WSB was on hand to summarize the project, which would cost a total of $3.649 million with 20 percent of that assessed to what is defined as “users” or people who either have driveway access to those roads, or people who’s driveway access is only possible by using those roads.

The city determined there were 113 users that would be responsible for $717,000 of the project, which would be $6,345 per unit to be assessed, payable over 15 years.

The project includes reconstruction rather than surface maintenence. “These streets were constructed in the 1970s and are in pretty rough shape,” Pearson said. “Mill and overlay wouldn’t hold up, and there are also a number of drainage issues.”

Also included is narrowing roads that are over the city standard of 28 feet and leaving roads that are 28 feet and under as is. There would also be one or two fire hydrant replacements and potential culvert and storm water system replacements.

There were a few other elements to the project, including park trail and parking lot improvements, that are city costs only.  The council voted to pass all of them with the understanding that they would take a closer look at some of the additional parts of the project to see if they are needed or feasible.

“We will leave it as is until we have the final numbers and assessments and then review the whole project,” Mayor Lisa Iverson said. “And then we would have the opportunity to lower the assessment.”

In other business:
The fire department received just over $237,000 to replace self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).

The current ones are at the end of their life, as the DOT mandates that SCBA units are only in use for 15 years and they will not recertify them after that period. “It’s an essential product that we have to replace,” Public Safety Director Paul Hoppe said.

Hoppe did note that the council had budgeted $300,000 for the equipment, but that he tasked the fire department with finding the most practical cost for the proper gear, and the FD exceeded expectations, a sentiment echoed by council member Dennis Schilling.

The $237,000 will buy the fire department 36 backpack units which will fully supply the firefighters, as well as provide a couple of extras in emergency. It also includes 72 air tanks and six thermal imaging masks. “The thermal imaging gives firefighters the opportunity to see hot spots and flares while they are in the fire,” Hoppe explained. “It’s a great advance in safety equipment awareness and alertness.”

The council approved a special meeting that took place on Monday, November 25 to interview four architectural firms that submitted proposals for the building upgrades at city hall.

The upgrades include ADA accessible point at the building, security updates, a replacement rooftop air conditioner unit and a 900 square foot addition on the north side of the building for extra office space.

There was a very different number proposed by some of the firms, as council member Joe Zerwas noted the range was from $18,000 to $57,000. Staff evaluated the bids and recommended the board bring all four in for interviews to ask specific questions. “I think the council would be best served finding out more information from the architects with verbal interviews,” City Administrator Robb Linwood said. Zerwas, Schilling and Iverson voted to approve the meeting and council member Linda Nanko-Yeager voted nay, as she expressed she is against the expansion part of the project. “I have concerns about the addition and a need for it,” she said.

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