May 28, 2007

Fifth Street project begins Wednesday May 23 in Dassel

By Roz Kohls
Staff Writer

The Fifth Street improvement project between William Avenue and Centennial Avenue in Dassel began Wednesday.

City Engineer Barry Glienke of Bolton & Menk told the city council last Monday that the contractor, Mid-Minnesota Hot Mix of Annandale, will start the project by removing the old bituminous surface and curb and gutter.

Later this week, the contractor will begin construction of the underground utilities. Construction workers will start on the south end of Fifth Street, and work their way north laying pipe for water or sanitary sewer. Then the crew will work their way back south laying the rest. Underground utilities are expected to take a month, Glienke said.

The construction of the new street will follow, and take another month at least. If the weather cooperates the entire project will be done in eight weeks, Glienke said.

Originally, construction wasn’t going to begin until after Saturday, June 9, because there were two graduation parties planned for two residents along the street. However, the contractor didn’t want to take the risk of having weather delay the project, and then not get it done before fall, he said.

“They will make arrangements to ensure that the road is in suitable driving condition during the weekend, and will have a person on-call to maintain the road if necessary,” Glienke said.

As for financing the Fifth Street project, it is anticipated to have approximately $650,000 in bonded debt, according to City Administrator Myles McGrath. In the past, similar street projects had bond issues for 15-year terms, he said.

Another street project occurring this summer, 2007 seal coating, has already been budgeted for $60,000. The city council accepted the low bid of $50,971 from Caldwell Asphalt of Hawick, Minn. The project will be completed between Sunday, July 1 and Friday, Aug. 31, Glienke said.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• noted that Bolton & Menk sent in a request to the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority to place the new Dassel water tower project on the intended use plan. The authority administers the drinking water revolving fund program, which is a low-interest loan program.

• listened to a report from Bill Ward, administrator of the Dassel Lakeside Community Home, that April was a good month for the nursing home. It erased some red ink from the home’s financial situation, he said.

• acknowledged that McGrath will attend a community marketing workshop in Willmar Thursday, May 31.

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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