15th St. project assessment approved
September 11. 2012 1:02PM
A post-Labor Day Dell Rapids City Council meeting brought the assessment roll discussion on the 15th Street project to a resolution.
At the council’s last meeting, the group discussed a special assessment roll to property owners along 15th Street, from Old Highway 77 to Clark Avenue. Affected parties included Dell Rapids Lumber Company, Dells Investment Group, Dell Rapids School District and Stroschein Properties.
At the Aug. 22 meeting, Dells Investment Group member Mark Crisp raised questions about the condition of the sidewalk on the improved street, as below-ground utility installation had caused some post-paving damage to the surface of the walk.
Last week, city administrator Justin Weiland informed the council that contact had been made with the contractor on the project and six panels of sidewalk had been slated for replacement.
At the meeting last Monday, councilor Dave Sommerfeld raised concern with the curb joints on the street as well, saying, “My curb has been on my (street) for 38 years, and it looks better than that.”
DeWild, Grant & Reckert rep Trent Bruce was on-hand to help field questions on the project.
“It’s not a perfect situation,” Bruce said of the sawcutting work that assembled the curb joints. “It’s fairly common. I think 10 years from now you’re going to look and it’s going to look exactly like that.” He said that city reps should keep an eye on the curbs, but that it was unlikely the conditions would worsen. “It’s just tough to predict,” he said.
Mayor Scott Fiegen reminded the council and those present that the project’s warranty would allow for further inspection. “Make sure it doesn’t get doppred and that it gets inspected next year,” he said.
The council passed the resolution to assess the property owners as stipulated.
In addition, in preparation for the upcoming “Phase Two” of the 15th Street improvement project, the city will host a special informational meeting with property owners along the Clark-to-Garfield Avenue stretch of the road at the Reformed Church Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. Weiland asked that councilors try to be present for the meeting to help answer questions property owners may have.