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September 26, 2022

8/12/2022 10:59:00 AM
Roadwork on Center City's agenda

The engineering firm  advising Center City put together a list of priority roadwork for the city council agenda last week.  The idea was to have projects okayed to go out to contractors for cost estimations for next year;  but the “Moody Hill” street condition is of concern. There were members who felt quotes were still possible for this year and some wanted to get estimates and proceed now on correcting hill issues. Others thought the city should get the “simpler” straightforward projects out of the way first.

There is potential to spend some $240,000 on identified projects but Center City doesn’t have that to spend.  

Council member Mark Wolcott advocated for the Moody Avenue stretch, from downtown uphill to Bayview Apartments, saying the condition issues are worrisome.

Council agreed the full list was not going to happen.  Some were dubious of even trying to get quotes this late in the bituminous season.

The eventual result, approved 5-0, was to direct staff to get quotes for the hill,  and for the well-utilized Center Avenue stretch between Schulze and Busch.  Once the costs come in, council will decide to wait or move ahead yet this fall.

Council accepted quotes from Frontline Warning Systems for fixing the storm-damaged emergency siren on the north end.

The company said it will first attempt to restore service by replacing the control panel. If that doesn’t rectify the malfunction, the siren system will be replaced. Cost is $2,500 versus $11,800 for the full equipment changeout.  City staff will ask about reimbursement through  the League of MN Cities’ policy.

Council also officially approved a resolution making Summit Avenue a city street and not a county state aid highway.  It was reverted years ago but there needed to be a resolution on-file.  The affected segment is .17 of a mile—from the intersection with County Road 9, to Highway 8.

Issues (complaints) with the restoration of a house on Busch Avenue that suffered a small fire have continued,  but council consensus was that the owner is coping with physical limitations and is trying. Electrical inspection points reportedly are not finalized yet,  and not having power has hindered progress.  Plus other rehab concerns are being reviewed.  There was no action on this item.

The task of replacing non-functioning water metering equipment continues.  Public Works Supervisor Eric Garner reported he was able to do two sites (of a list of dozens)  and he’ll keep chipping away at the old meters.  

Staff would appreciate it if residents who are known to be having water metering issues would contact city hall to make an appointment,  for accessing their interior devices.

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