8/29/2014 10:03:00 AM Report on Phase II of West Side street improvements OK'd
by Ken Haggerty
The Cannon Falls city council at its August 19 meeting approved a feasibility report to be conducted on the West Side Phase II street improvement project, although it seemed there will be reluctance by council members at moving forward with the work in the originally scheduled 2015 construction season.
City administrator Ron Johnson and consulting engineer Greg Anderson said that if the council wants to do the work in 2015, a feasibility report needs to get underway now if the city wants an early April bid letting and a full season in which to do the work.
Work under consideration is on Hoffman Street West from Dow to 6th, Mill Street West from Dow to 7th, Park Street West from Floyd to 8th, Floyd Street between Park and Hoffman, York Street North between Main and Hampton, 9th Street South between Park and Main, 9th Street North between Mill and Hoffman, 8th Street South between Park and Main, 8th Street North from Mill to Hoffman, and 7th Street North from Main to Hoffman.
Work to be considered would include new streets, sidewalks, storm sewers, sanitary sewers, water mains, and service lines. Parcel owners would be assessed for at least part of the upgrades.
Council member Bill Duncan said it can't hurt to get this first big picture feasibility study done to at least find out what area of expense the city and property owners would be looking at. Duncan said if the initial report seems too expensive, the plan can be put on the back burner.
Council member LeRoy McCusker voiced concerns about the quality of work on past city jobs engineered and overseen by Anderson and that he is wary of moving forward with any new work.
Mayor Robby Robinson said he is fearful of the state of the economy and what the city already has on its debt load and how the city tax base and road budget will come out as new construction on the south end of the city is completed. Robinson said he would like to see the city get caught up on its recent growth in commercial and residential projects and see what new growth comes on line before taking on a new project in 2015.
At the meeting, residents voiced concerns about chipping of concrete on aprons and driveways poured in conjunction with the West Side Phase I project. Concerns were also raised about the drainage pond that went in by the Fairgrounds with Phase I and its failure to drain in a timely basis.