Wyoming green-lights Greenway Avenue improvements

Most of $2.12 million cost to be covered by state


Alice Pickering
Wyoming Reporter

Wyoming is moving ahead with improvements to Greenway Avenue in 2014. The City Council on Feb. 3 authorized preparation of the specifications for work from Goodview Avenue to Greenway Road.

Justin Messer, project manager for WSB & Associates, summarized components of a feasibility study. About 6,500 feet of road will be completely reconstructed. The section closest to Highway 8 is to be built to urban standards, with curb and gutter. Drainage will be directed into ponds on the east side of the road.

Total project cost is estimated at $2,117,670, which includes 10 percent for construction contingency and 25 percent for indirect costs. Surface improvement work is $1.79 million and is covered by state-aid dollars.

Drainage improvements are estimated to cost $339,380, of which $220,597 is to be paid with state-aid money. The remaining city portion will come from the water management fund, into which residents currently pay $8 a year.

Truck purchases

The council authorized the purchase of a 2014 Ford F-350 for the Public Works Department. Jason Windingstad, department supervisor, made the request.

It will replace a 1996 Freightliner full-size dump truck, bought in 2009. The Ford comes equipped with a utility box and crane.

Windingstad is developing a fleet capital improvement plan, taking a long-term view of vehicle replacement that also considers staffing and quality of service. He wants the new unit equipped in such a way that the weekend on-call employee with the truck can respond to an emergency, fully equipped, without having to first stop to warm up a truck and pick up equipment.

Under state contract pricing, the truck price was quoted at $57,174, fully equipped. Since the original quote in June, the price has increased almost $8,000. There is $50,000 in the Streets Capital Improvement Project budget. Windingstad proposed shifting $4,000 from the Water and Sewer CIP budgets.

Windingstad also asked for authorization to auction the Freightliner. He estimates the value at about $20,000. Proceeds would go into the city’s general fund.

The council authorized the purchase by a vote of 3-2. Joe Zerwas and Steve Zerwas opposed the purchase, believing a smaller truck would be adequate because the Freightliner is in good shape.

Council members also approved the purchase of a 2014 Ford utility vehicle for the Fire Department. It is to become the department’s mobile, rapid-response command vehicle.

The new truck will replace a 1993 Ford F-350 pickup, which was purchased from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in 2004 for $2,000. It currently serves as the department’s grass rig. The F-350 needs several thousand dollars in repairs, which may exceed its value.

The department chose to invest the repair money in the current command vehicle, a 2001 Ford F-350 which will be converted to a grass rig.

Council members approved the new truck purchase for the Fire Department at a cost of $31,801.

Other business

The council accepted a letter of resignation from Jerry Headley of the Public Works Department. The 13-year city worker’s resignation is effective March 28.

The council approved an amendment to a conditional use permit to allow the congregation of Grace Evangelical Free Church to expand its facilities at 26689 Faxton Ave.