By Ryan Gueningsman
DELANO, MN Delano City Engineer Vince Vander Top of Wenck Associates gave the Delano City Council an update on the major part of phase two of the Highway 12 improvement project, set to begin July 6, at the council meeting May 19.
The project consists of reconstructing Highway 12 from the railroad underpass north past the Delano Legion Club property and reconstructing Bridge Avenue from Highway 12 to the river bridge.
The reconstruction will involve replacing the underground utilities, widening of the roadway, construction of sidewalks, lighting improvements, and additional access control.
It is expected the work will be substantially completed by late October. This will be the last phase of the Highway 12 improvement project.
Vander Top gave the update in the form of a schedule, and said locally, the aesthetics committee met to review recommendations for the Bridge Avenue/Highway 12 area.
“We really had a good meeting Monday,” Vander Top said. The committee reviewed possible monument/gateway ideas into the community, as well as a budget for these improvements.
The city council has a work session scheduled Tuesday, May 26 to review and discuss improvements in more detail, and Vander Top said it is expected action will be taken at the council’s Tuesday, June 2 meeting to approve plans and put a bid package together. It is estimated right now the city would open bids for this project Aug. 10, and award the project Aug. 18.
Bids for phase two of the project were opened May 15, with four bids being received by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), Vander Top said. The low bidder for this year’s project was Duininck Construction of Prinsburg. Last year’s contractor, Park Construction, was actually the high bidder this year, and likely won’t be awarded the job by MnDOT, he noted (see sidebar for other bids).
Vander Top said Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway also is continuing work on the replacement of the railroad bridge that spans Highway 12, with an alternate route being in effect for through-traffic.
“Things continue to move forward in a positive way,” Vander Top said.
Delano Mayor Joe McDonald brought up the grassy area located near the Highway 12/Wright County Road 30 intersection, and wondered what could be done in that area. He said a resident had suggested a monument that reflects the civic groups of Delano.
Concerns were also raised regarding some of the sod that was planted along Highway 12 following last year’s construction. McDonald said there are areas of sod close to the highway that don’t look good.
Vander Top said city staff has spoken with MnDOT officials, who indicated the sod did meet the requirements of the warranty. Vander Top said he, along with public works director Ernie Eden, will revisit the issue with MnDOT, noting the city believes it’s an issue with salt from the roadway, used this winter.
Kings Pointe request withdrawn
A large number of Kings Pointe-area residents were on hand at the council meeting for a discussion that never took place.
The city council had continued a public hearing for the vacation of drainage and utility easements located within the Kings Pointe Addition to Tuesday night’s meeting.
However, at the Delano Planning Commission meeting May 11, the commission recommended denial of a request from Roger Derrick, the treasurer of Cottage Homesteads at Kings Pointe, for an amendment to the conditional use permit/planned unit development and preliminary and final plat for a six-unit building on a lot in Kings Pointe.
After the planning commission meeting, Derrick sent a letter to the city withdrawing the application at this time, and requested it not be heard by the city council. In the letter, Derrick indicated he would “appreciate if you would hold onto our application file because we expect to reapply next spring.”
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• acknowledged the passing of Jim Lundsten, who was a founding member of the planning commission. Lundsten died May 11 following a battle with cancer.
• approved a request from Laurence Rieder to rezone two lots on Buffalo Street. The property contains a single-family home with an attached garage and an accessory outbuilding on the second lot, and Rieder wishes to enlarge the outbuilding.
• approved a request from the Delano Jaycees for a temporary 3.2 malt liquor license for the Dave Zitzloff Memorial Youth Funding Program ball tournament June 5-7.
The Jaycees will conduct the beer sales portion of the event, and profits from the event will be used to sponsor Delano area youth who may otherwise not be able to participate in the various baseball and softball summer programs.
• approved the replacement of carpeting in the Crow River Villa hallways and common areas at a cost of $17,240 by Waverly Flooring.
Four bids received for Highway 12 project
Four bids were received by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) for phase two of the Highway 12 reconstruction project in Delano, set to begin July 6. The bids included grading, bituminous surfacing, lighting, and a signal system on Highway 12 from 72nd Street SE to 810 feet south of Bridge Avenue, according to MnDOT.
Bids received include:
• Duininck Construction $2,299,689
• PCI Roads $2,354,591
• CS McCrossan Construction $2,388,965
• Park Construction Co. $2,520,338