Assessments doled out for Fallbrook street work

Engineer announces upgrades planned for County Road 30


Alice Pickering
Wyoming Reporter

Work on Wyoming’s Fallbrook Avenue is nearly complete. Council members on Sept. 17 approved costs for the project and ordered preparation of proposed assessments for the work.

Street and stormwater improvements totaled $573,290. Expenses related to the work totaled $165,688, bringing the project total to $738,978.

The city portion of the improvements is $636,789.49. The remaining $102,188.78 will be assessed to property owners who are declared to benefit from the project.

The proper amount to be assessed to each parcel will be determined by the city staff in consultation with the engineer. Assessments are to be paid over 10 years at 5 percent interest. The City Council unanimously approved the assessments and set the assessment hearing for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15.

CSAH 30 project

Improvements are on the way for Chisago County State Aid Highway 30 in 2014. Chisago County Engineer Joe Triplett summarized and illustrated these at the Tuesday council meeting.

The preliminary plan is to resurface the highway with concrete, with shoulders to be overlaid with asphalt. The focus will be north of the intersection with Viking Boulevard.

Within city limits, sidewalks will be added on the east side of the road, extending north from the intersection to the library. There will also be short segments of sidewalk on the west side, near the trail head parking. Paved shoulders extend north to about 270th Street.

There will also be upgrades to stormwater drainage in the highway corridor, as well as curb and gutter and Americans with Disabilities Act improvements from the intersection to 270th Street.

Similar improvements are planned in Stacy. Triplett said contractors will determine whether to pave a section at a time with single-lane traffic on the shoulders, or complete one lane at a time.

Plans are to be submitted to MnDOT for review by mid-October, with advertising for bids by early December. Construction will take place next summer.

Dispatch agreement

The city passed a resolution approving the Computer Aided Dispatch/Records Management System and Mobile Data Agreement between Wyoming, North Branch and Chisago County for the amount of $18,850 annually from 2014 to 2016. Public Safety Director Paul Hoppe made the request and explained the reasons.

This is a service agreement that consolidates communication service and maintenance of communication equipment among the collective public safety organizations. The added benefit is support of the mobile devices. Current equipment and service cost $20,900.

The new agreement is a savings to the city and also includes replacement of broken units. The city owns seven units.

Hoppe said it is a win-win situation for Chisago County and the respective police departments. The agencies will be served by one database and server.

Stagecoach wrap-up

The Goodview Avenue Skatepark is complete and the facility was dedicated at an event during the recent Wyoming Stagecoach Days. At the meeting Tuesday, the council unanimously approved payment No. 1 in the amount of $139,872 to W. Gohman Construction Co., for the construction.

Councilman Roger Elmore indicated there are enough funds in various park accounts to cover about $4,500 needed to finish the project.

This is the first year the Wyoming Fire Relief Association has organized and run Wyoming’s annual celebration. Jason Van Tassel, president of the association, offered thanks to many individuals, organizations and businesses.

Van Tassel thanked the Wyoming Area Business Association for its support. He extended thanks to Assistant City Administrator Robb Linwood for helping with legal end of the event, Mayor Eric Peterson for his support and creating the event website, and Roger Elmore for designing the posters for the event.

Public Safety Director Paul Hoppe was recognized for his input and the Police Department for its presence at the event. Van Tassel thanked Jason Windingstad and Dave Torma of the city’s Public Works Department who helped with logistics. In particular, they obtained some needed equipment at the last minute for vendors.

Van Tassel also thanked numerous donors for monetary contributions and assistance with advertising.

Other business

In other business, the council learned:

– The Public Works Department has scheduled overlays on the basketball courts at Swenson, Blue Spruce and Lyons parks. Road grading has been postponed during the long dry spell to keep gravel binder in place. It will resume when there is rain.

– Fire code and building code requirements are not up-to-date for the facility that hosts Dead End Hayride, despite it being on notice regarding such provisions for almost a year. Unless code violations are corrected, the event may not operate this year.

– Parts have been ordered to rebuild pumps at the Forest Boulevard lift station. A primary cause of problems is rags caught in the impellers.