City projects cost less than estimated

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 10/18/00.

The good news for Paynesville City Council members from city engineer Pete Carlson at their Wednesday meeting was that the city saved $176,000 on the 2000 street projects.

Both street projects came in under estimated projections. The 2000 Street Project totaled $1,033,357, about $110,000 less that what was projected a year ago. The Spruce Street extension (Project 55) totaled $362,509, about $66,000 less than what was estimated.

Carlson informed the council that the city graded the lots along the Spruce Street extension as part of the project. This added $21,976 to the project.

He asked the council what direction they wanted to go; to absorb the $21,976 or add the amount to the landowner's assessment.

Council member Dennis Zimmerman favored the city paying for the landscaping as the city benefited by having the lots graded. The landscaping prevented runoff and erosion.

Also affecting the assessment is the fact that two segments will not be assessed. The Ed Webb property (Koronis Parts) is in the township and unassessible, and John Wimmer has indicated he will not be hooking up Wimmer Landscaping and Nursery to city sewer and water. Wimmer's assessment, $3,507, is being deferred until the property is sold.

The council approved treating all the landowners the same and assess Project 55 at $11,300 per lot. This does not include the $21,976. The city will absorb that expense.

The 2000 Street Project is being assessed at $37.50 per foot.

The assessment hearing for the two projects will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8, in the city council chambers.

Carlson also reported on the 2000 well project. The city reached an agreement with the property owner to purchase an additional quarter acre of land. The city needs the land to complete their well-head protection area around well number 8 south of Highway 55. The well-head protection area requires a 50 foot clear zone around the well. This additional land will enable the city to have that clear zone.

Earlier this year, the city had purchased a different plot of land for the new well. Test borings on that site were not favorable for a well. The city did further testing and found a new well site. The council agreed to the $4,500 purchase price for the land.

WilGlo Acres
The council approved the sale of $625,000 general obligation improve-ment bonds for the WilGlo Acres Addition.

Monte Eastvold, the city's financial bond consultant, told the council Cronin and Co., Inc. was the low bidder with an interest rate of 5.22 percent.

"Cronin submitted an aggressive bid," Eastvold informed the council. The three bids ranged from 5.22 to 5.33 percent interest on the bonds.

Carlson told the council that the sewer and water lines are installed in the WilGlo Acres Addition and crews will be working on service lines to individual lots.

The completion date for the project is set for Oct. 31, but Carlson did not think the work would be completed by that date. The contractor has asked for a two-week extension.

"We knew it would be a tight schedule when the work started," Carlson said.

The Second Street Frontage Road will extend from Alldon Park on the east to Maple Street on the west by the Paynesville Lutheran Church. The frontage road will be graded and prepared before they finish WilGlo, Carlson told the council. It will take about four days to prepare the frontage road for paving.

Closed meeting
The Paynesville City Council went into a closed session at the end of the meeting to discuss a personnel issue. The meeting reopened an hour later.

The council approved providing an unpaid medical leave of absence for administrator Dennis Wilde and to pay his health insurance.

Wilde used up his medical leave days earlier this year when he had open heart surgery.

City Attorney Bill Spooner is drafting a letter covering the terms of Wilde's medical leave which will be discussed further at the next council meeting.

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