Street project costs come in under budget

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 8/30/00.

Wayne Stark, an engineer with SEH, informed the council at their Wednesday meeting that the 2000 Street Project cost a total of $1.1 million, which is about $100,000 less than what was presented to residents at the public hearing last year.

Despite overruns totaling $38,816, the project was completed under budget. SEH made a mistake when calculating the quantities for concrete driveways, curb and gutter, and sidewalks.

The council approved a $93,534 payment to Kuechle Underground for work on the street project.

WilGlo Acres
Stark told the council that a preconstruction meeting to discuss where to start work on WilGlo Acres Addition will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 29. Subcontractors are hoping to start dirt work next week.

All the permits are completed, except one from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The DNR still needs to approve the plans for crossing the North Fork of the Crow River with the sewer and water lines.

The owners of Fleet Supply, just west of the WilGlo Acres Addition, have inquired about extending the city water and sewer lines to their facility. Stark is exploring the costs and will report back at the next council meeting.

SEH informed the council the Minnesota Department of Transportation will pay $25,000 toward an extension of the Second Street in front of the Paynesville Lutheran Church. The city's share is $16,000. The street will be done as a change order to the WilGlo Acres Addition project, saving the city about $15,000.

Work on the frontage road is expected to be completed this fall. New curbing will be installed on the south side of Second Street. West of Hudson Street, the existing tar on Second Street will be removed and the street will be extended to Maple Street. The existing portion of Second Street east of Hudson will receive a tar overlay.

Other business
• The council approved to increase the Paynesville firefighter's retirement fund from $1,050 to $1,100 per person, per year.

• The council approved a temporary on-sale liquor license for the Queen Bee's Bar and Grill. This license will allow them to use their parking lot for a grand opening party on Friday, Sept. 15.

Doris Wendlandt, Queen Bee's owner, will be working with Paynesville Police Chief Tony Schmitt to assure that the fences and accesses around the south parking lot are legal.

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