Oct. 9, 2006

Hearing for proposed $658,000 street project set for Nov. 6

By Roz Kohls
Staff Writer

The City of Dassel will hold a hearing Monday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. for a proposed $658,000 street and utility improvements project for Fifth Street between William and Centennial avenues.

The 4-inch cast iron water main in the street, located on the northwest side of Dassel, is a bottleneck for the area, Chuck DeWolf of Bolton & Menk, Inc., told the city council at its regular meeting last Monday. The water mains on either side of that portion of the street are larger, standard sizes.

Also, the existing sanitary sewer mains have loose and leaky joints, and storm water is trickling down into them. At the same time, only two catch basins drain the entire street for the storm sewer. More than 1,000 feet of street drains into those two basins. Usually, catch basins are placed about 125 feet to 150 feet apart, he said.

The street also has extensive cracking and is in poor condition, DeWolf said.

Property owners along the area to be improved will be assessed 40 percent of the total. They will pay an estimated $54 for each front foot of their property for the street, $16.50 for each front foot for water main, $13.50 for each front foot for sanitary sewer, and $9.50 for each front foot for storm sewer.

City taxpayers will pay the other 60 percent plus the added cost of putting in extra large pipes. The water main, for example, will be 10 inches in diameter so future residents can be serviced. The city as a whole will pick up the costs for the extra size. The individual property owners along Fifth Street, between William and Centennial avenues, won’t be assessed for future residents’ service, DeWolf said.

DeWolf expects the project will take two months and be constructed in 2007. Also, the project will take into account the Emerald Ponds development, if and when it goes in, DeWolf said.

Other portions of Fifth Street have already been reconstructed. The assessment hearing for projects completed on Fifth Street from Centennial to Summit Hills Addition, and for the sanitary and storm sewer improvements at Fifth and Public Streets will be the same evening, Nov. 6.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• listened to a presentation from DeWolf on how to get Dassel declared a quiet zone so trains won’t blow their whistles at the railroad crossings. Dassel will need to invest in supplemental safety measures, such as median or double arms on the crossing gates, he said.

DeWolf will check on the costs of those measures. A median creates a barrier so cars can’t maneuver around the gates, he said.

City Administrator Myles McGrath said a median will create a “giant headache for snow removal,” and that double arms on the gates would be better.

• decided to forward a request to the Minnesota Department of Transportation to do a speed study along the entire Highway 12 corridor. The city received a petition from Dassel residents calling for an eastward extension of the 40-mile-per-hour speed limit on the east edge of Dassel along Highway 12.

• set a hearing to adopt an ordinance regulating individual sewer treatment systems within the city for Monday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. Only a handful of residents have individual sewer treatment systems within the city.

To access past and present minutes of city council meetings, go to the web site ci.dassel.mn.us or contact the city at (320) 275-2454.

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