The city of LaPrairie is considering its options regarding the reconstruction of LaPrairie Ave.
At last week’s meeting of the city council, officials authorized City Engineer Glen Hodgson to explore the concept of the mini-circles at the intersection of LaPrairie Ave. and Frasier St.
The mini-circles idea surfaced at an Aug. 5 comprehensive plan update meeting and was introduced by the Walkable and Livable Community Institute. According to a letter from Hodgson to city officials, “it appeared a number of people were quite interested in the concept.”
There was some uncertainty expressed at the council meeting about whether a design change would be allowed due to its location on a county state aid highway. City officials authorized Hodgson to check with county and state officials to determine if design change is allowable. The area is scheduled for construction in 2015.
In other business, the council:
• Approved the minutes of the July 21 regular council meeting.
• Passed a resolution declaring the LaPrairie water main costs be assessed at $108,263.56. The total cost of the project, which has been completed, is $595,763.56. Funding for the project also was obtained from the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation agency and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The assessments will be levied over a 15-year period at an interest rate of 5 percent.
• Approved Northland Street easements as needed for the sanitary sewer project on LaPrairie Ave. and Glenwood Dr. The cost of $2,022 will be invoiced to the Grand Rapids Public Utilities commission, which has agreed to reimburse the city.
• Approved Glenwood Dr. easements needed to proceed with the reconstruction of CSAH 85 and approved payment for and recording with Itasca County.