Fallbrook assessments finalized

Wyoming council also approves patching on 264th and Forli


Alice Pickering
Wyoming Reporter

Wyoming City Council members on Oct. 15 adopted a resolution finalizing assessments for the completed street and utility improvements on Fallbrook Avenue.

Work done on the street included widening roads to 26 feet, with 4 inches of asphalt over 8 inches of Class 5 gravel. Some storm sewers were made larger. The sanitary sewer main was increased from 15 inches to 18 inches, anticipating growth west of the freeway. A number of hydrants were replaced. The improvements connected with previous street and utility improvements south from Viking Boulevard.

The pavement improvements, new storm water mains, sanitary sewers and new water mains on Fallbrook Avenue are subject to assessments. Total project cost was $736,578, which also included some work on Faxton and Fenwick avenues. The amount subject to assessment is $505,030. Property owners pick up 20 percent of the cost of the improvements, which is $101,006. Assessment for individual property owners was based on the number of feet each property fronted the street.

Terms are 5 percent interest over 10 years. Answering a question from Council Member Steve Zerwas, City Administrator Craig Mattson said that the city sets the rates.

Property owners have the option of paying the total assessment with no interest within 30 days of the resolution. Otherwise assessments will be collected and paid with other municipal taxes. The vote was 5-0 in favor of the assessment schedule.

The city is paying for the work on Faxton Avenue from the street reconstruction fund.

The work session before the council meeting was devoted to the discussion of the city’s assessment policies. In his report, City Engineer Mark Erichson referred to the defeat of the street reconstruction plan bonds. The point of discussion was potential for 2014 improvement projects with the use of bonds requiring the city to assess a minimum of 20 percent of project costs.

Erichson prepared various options for assessments. The three that may be used include assessing by unit, by street frontage or by area.

Among considerations was whether the city wants to differentiate between residential and commercial properties. Attorney Mark Vierling indicated that the assessments must be uniform between classes.

Patching approved

Large patching jobs on two segments of Wyoming’s streets were approved for some repair. Jason Windingstad, Public Works supervisor, said they have been identified in the city’s pavement management plan and are in line for full reconstruction in 2020.

Windingstad proposed 2-inch overlay patches on two sections of 264th Street and a section of Forli Avenue. He believes this work will last well beyond the 2020 projected reconstruction. These are areas that city crews now patch on a near weekly basis.

The cost of $20,913 will be covered with what remains of the city’s 2013 seal-coat budget.

Unpaid bills

About 120 city residents and businesses have unpaid utility bills. The council approved certifying these unpaid bills with Chisago County. The bills will be attached to the property tax bills for collection with 2014 property taxes.

Councilwoman Linda Yeager observed there seem to be more people in default than is previous years. Mattson agreed but said that most people pay by December.

Customers have 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, to pay before their bills will be forwarded to the county.

Skate park update

The council approved installation of irrigation and additional black dirt to put the finishing touches on the city’s popular skate park. The irrigation will connect with the rest of Goodview Park’s system.

Windingstad estimated it will cost $9,000 and take two employees about 60 hours to complete the project.

Linda Yeager is concerned about cost over-runs on the project. Initially, $150,000 was budgeted for the project. An additional $15,065 was received in donations. Thus far, the project has cost $169,696, representing an overrun of $4,631.

A temporary snow fence will be erected this fall, until a final decision is made on the fencing. Money for the work is to come from the parks capital improvement fund, which has a balance of $16,136.

Kennel approved

The City Council granted an interim use permit to James and Corinne Dielke for a residential kennel at their home at 6679 262nd St. A kennel is a permitted use for the area, according to information provided by Fred Weck, zoning official.

The Planning Commission recommended approval after hearing the request and testimony. The permit allows the Dielkes to keep up to six dogs.

They must comply with the city’s animal ordinance, keep the area clean and keep the dogs in the kennel or on a leash. The permit expires in September 2020, when the property is sold or when the Dielkes move.

Other business

In other business, the council:

– Scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, a special meeting to continue 2014 budget discussions.

– Awarded a two-year contract totaling $45,990 for mowing, lawn care and maintenance services to J&H Outdoor Services.