By Beth Bily
The city council of LaPrairie received a feasibility report on a proposed bituminous overlay project on Spruce St. and Walter Ave. at its meeting Monday.
The council had previously directed Glen Hodgson, the city’s engineer, to prepare the report to determine probable costs.
The proposed project is located on Spruce St. from Voges Ave. to Walter Ave. and on Walter Ave. from TH 2 to Pleasant St. According to the report, both streets already have bituminous pavement but “in both cases the existing pavement shows substantial wear and deterioration.”
The engineer’s report estimated a total project cost of nearly $153,000 and would include a 1.5-inch bituminous overlay on both streets, along with pavement patching and crack milling work. Existing culverts also would be replaced.
Hodgson told the council the project’s estimated cost came in higher than he had originally anticipated when it was determined the needed work was more extensive than expected.
City policy calls for bituminous projects to be assessed at a rate of 50 percent. Hodgson estimated the cost of assessment at $18.06 per foot. He recommended a 10-year assessment period.
Councilor Steve Feyma asked if the city had the money available for its half of the estimated costs. Mayor Mike Fall responded that there was more than $400,000 in the city’s fund balance.
The council passed a resolution accepting the report.
In other business, the council:
• Approved the minutes of the May 19 regular council meeting.
• Approved use of city hall by a local church group for three Sundays in June.
• Listened to a report on last year’s legislative session from Rep. Tom Anzelc, DFL – Balsam. The lawmaker discussed Taconite Tax Relief, Fiscal Disparities along with highlights of actions taken by the DFL-controlled legislature during the last two years.
• Appointed Paula Dibb to the planning and zoning committee.
• Accepted an asphalt rubber crack repair quote from Bargen Inc. of Mountain Lake, MN. The total cost of the repair work is estimated to be $9,748.
• Appointed Margie Ritter as a LaPrairie representative to Greater Grand Rapids Area Cable Commission.
• Passed a resolution receiving the bituminous overlay project and calling a public hearing on June 16 at 6 p.m.
• Appointed Rae Ritter as head judge and Judy Rygh as an election judge for the upcoming 2014 elections.
• Approved a contract with Personnel Dynamics for the employment of summer youth directors.