Columbus approves right-of-way work

Funds in escrow to pay for part of Delmonico improvements

Paul Rignell
Columbus Reporter

The Columbus City Council awarded a job last week for contractor North Pine Aggregate, of 14551 Lake Dr., to build a driveway culvert and other right-of-way improvements in a housing subdivision where most work was finished in 2005.

A developer, Fred Dewall, platted the six-lot Delmonico Preserve subdivision north of 189th Ave. NE and near the Wyoming border where Columbus officials say half of the housing lots remain empty.

Columbus City Engineer Larry Bohrer reported to council that about $18,900 has sat in an escrow account related to the plat for several years, and he advised the city use part of those funds to fulfill its duty in the Delmonico area near Lyons Street and 192nd Avenue N.E.

Bohrer said he has been unable to make contact with Dewall for discussing the development, noting that he saw Dewall’s name tied with a phone number at a realty office in Forest Lake but then found the number to be disconnected. “Did you ‘Google’ the guy?” Mayor Dave Povolny asked at the council’s meeting Sept. 26.

The city engineer asked if council would consider quotes for the Delmonico work, and when they approved that motion he added that in anticipating their approval, he contacted six local firms with a request for quotes, and four of them replied by a deadline of 4 p.m. on the meeting day.

North Pine’s low quote came in at $9,450, Bohrer said, which would leave about that much in escrow. Council members suggested contact with Anoka County to find data on Dewall or a current land owner through tax records for the undeveloped parcels.

“Somebody’s still paying taxes on them. They have to be,” said council member Bill Krebs.