Public hearing on Wyoming streets draws large crowd

Residents relieved assessments not part of plan


Alice Pickering
Wyoming Reporter

The city of Wyoming’s public hearing about the 2013 Street Improvements Feasibility Study and Greenway Avenue was held March 13.

By law, property owners living adjacent or near the project must be notified in writing of the hearing; they were and they attended in droves, according to Mayor Eric Peterson.

Their collective concern was about assessments and possible property tax increases citywide. Peterson said residents were relieved to know that the street repair project is covered by a combination of the Municipal State Aid System and designated street funds and not by assessments. The city’s budget was planned to include these improvements.

Project particulars were presented by engineer Mark Erichson after an explanation about financing. The feasibility study will also be presented at the work session before the April 2 City Council meeting. There may be some modifications as a result of public feedback.

In a related note from the March 19 council meeting, Erichson in his written report to the council said that Dresel Contracting has completed most of the work from the street and utility reconstruction project for 2012. What remains is primarily the final coat of asphalt on Fallbrook Avenue, expected to be completed this spring. Work on Faxton Avenue will also be completed then.

Skate Park Update

The council on March 19 approved the purchase of a steel shelter for the skateboard park. Construction on the skate park is scheduled to begin the second week in May. Councilwoman Linda Yeager asked for more information about the shelter.

Councilman Roger Elmore said there is a 22-foot concrete pad for the shelter. The cost of the shelter is $12,000, plus concrete for $2,300. Funds are to come from a designated fund with a balance of $7,139.  There have been additional contributions to the fund, but the list needs to be updated.

The council approved the purchase by a vote of 4-0. Councilman Joe Zerwas did not attend the meeting.