Fallbrook Ave. project could see May bid letting

State funds, assessments will cover $817,000 project

Alice Pickering
Wyoming Reporter

The Wyoming City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 17 accepted a feasibility study for street and utility work on Fallbrook Ave.

Justin Messner, engineer, presented the overview of the project. Included were cost estimates for various parts of the project and projected sources of funding.

The road section under consideration is from about 800 feet south of Viking Blvd. to 264th Street. The northern portion was improved when storm water utilities were installed in 2009.

Messner said the road section is to be reconstructed as a 10-ton section, standard for a state-aid roadway with 26-foot width and curb and gutter. The street could be as wide as 32 feet, but that would mean lowering the street.  Utilities are under the street.

Sanitary sewer lines are to be upgraded as part of the project. The upgrade will increase the diameter of the sewer main from 12 inches to 18 inches in anticipation of connecting with sewer mains on the west side of the freeway.

Three fire hydrants are targeted for replacement. All are 40 years old and need to be replaced.

Also included in the project are storm-water collection areas along the street, a state aid requirement. There will be three pond areas. The deep ditches along each side of the road are to be kept as they will help clear water as it settles.

Project cost and funding sources were explained. There are four areas of improvement in the project. Surface improvements to the road total $610,183; sewer improvements are anticipated to cost $75,409; water system improvements, $30,938; and drainage for the area, $101,200.

The city will cover all costs of the sewer improvements ($75,409) and water system improvements ($30,938).

Overall project cost is estimated by the engineers at $817,730. These estimates include 25 percent for administration and 10 percent as an escrow reserve until the project is accepted by engineers.

Municipal State Aid will cover up to 55 percent of the cost for drainage improvements, or $55,660 of the $101,200. The city must pay for the other $45,540.

State aid will also cover $569,685 of street paving. Overall the city must pay $192,385 of the total project.  Part of the city cost is likely to come from assessments which are yet to be determined.

New Policy

The project comes as the city is in the process of establishing its assessment policy.

The city has contracted with Springsted Inc. to develop the policy, with an anticipated completion date of May 1. Messner told the council that there is no legal requirement that it be in place before the project begins.

Twenty percent of the project cost must be assessed if bonds are sold to finance the work. The city is looking at three possible assessment scenarios. If the city decides to sell bonds to finance a part of its share of the project, there will be assessments that could run from 20 percent to 30 percent or to 50 percent. There is no requirement to assess to use MSA funds, Messner said.

Plans and specifications should be ready by early May. Messner anticipates bids being opened in June 2012, with work to begin July 2012.  An assessment hearing will be scheduled for November 2012.

Final paving is anticipated in June 2013.

The city council unanimously approved the feasibility study and set the public hearing date for 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8, before the rescheduled council meeting. The meeting was moved from Tuesday, Feb. 7 to avoid a conflict with precinct caucus night.

MnDOT Grant

The city was recently selected to receive funds from MNDOT ($702,000) through the cooperative agreement program.

On January 3, the council unanimously approved the agreement. These funds will be used to add northbound and southbound turn lanes on US-61 at 250th Street. Access to US-61 at 263rd and Fenwick will be closed.

Under consideration is a southbound bypass lane on US-61 at 267th Street.

Legal Move

Council voted to transfer the S.R. Weidema file to Attorney Dave Snyder to maintain continuity with legal issues.  S.R. Weidema, Inc. is the company that constructed the sewer main from Wyoming to the treatment plant in Chisago City.

The sewer main has since been turned over to the Chisago Lakes Joint Sewer Commission. The CLJSC has been dealing with failed equipment.

Snyder was an attorney with Ekberg-Lammers Law Firm and represented the city  while it was dealing with S.R. Weidema, Inc.  According to Administrator Craig Mattson, Snyder has the advantage of knowing the history of pipeline project and the problem with the pump shafts.

Already up to speed, it will be more cost effective for him to continue legal work to for CLJSC to get the problem with the contractor resolved, Mattson said.

Other Actions

Council approved a request for a solid waste hauler/contractor license to Gene Wegleitner. The license, for Gene’s Disposal Service, Inc., is to be reviewed annually for renewal.

Past practices with other waste haulers will apply in this case, include limiting hauling to between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Council approved a solicitation permit to Samuel Steven Rutherford, 255 Highway 97, Unit 7A, Forest Lake. The permit is to market Edward Jones Investments. It is valid between the hours of 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday; through June 30, 2012.

Swenson’s Lawn Care/Snow Plowing Company, Wyoming, was awarded a contract to mow city lawns in 2012 and 2013. Jason Windingstad, public works director, recommended the choice which was lowest of three bids which met specifications. Total cost for the two-year contract is $46,000.08.

Council adopted a resolution, accepting Nathan Ennis as a probationary member of the Wyoming Volunteer Fire Department. His membership brings the number of firefighters to 27 of 33 roster positions available.

Council member Joe Zerwas reported that CLJSC may be a little over budget for 2011. Low flows through sewer mains and a dry year makes it more costly to operate the plant. Council member Steve Zerwas also reported that the CLSJC is facing a decision to relocate a sewer force main. The decision will be based on which option is cheaper.