BY STARRLA CRAY
WINSTED, MN Next summer, Winsted is planning to extensively improve the Kingsley Street area, at a total cost of about $1.45 million.
Of the total, the city would pay about $1.27 million, and 24 affected properties would potentially be assessed roughly $179,000.
After the final design is approved and bids have been awarded next spring, the numbers will be recalculated based on actual costs.
Twenty-two privately-owned properties along Kingsley Street will be affected by the construction, along with two city-owned properties.
Interruptions to water service should be minimal, and sewer service should not be an issue, Winsted city engineer Jake Saulsbury of Bolton & Menk noted during the Aug. 18 Winsted City Council meeting and work session.
“It’s probably a three-month project,” he added.
The completed street will be 32-feet wide, with curb and gutter on both sides.
Trail grant for $100K
An 8-foot paved trail will be constructed next to the street along Winsted Lake. On the west side, the existing sidewalk and many of the trees will be removed.
To help pay for the trail, Winsted has been awarded a $100,000 Local Trails Connection Program grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Overall, the Kingsley Street project is designed to help connect the Luce Line State Trail to Southview Park, and alleviate pavement and drainage issues.
It will also address problems with the sewer and water system, such as replacement of the lift station forcemain, manhole replacement, watermain replacement, storm sewer replacement, and more.
An open house to give citizens an opportunity to ask questions and learn about the project details will take place Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Winsted City Hall.
On another topic, Saulsbury spoke about Winsted’s industrial park expansion.
A business is looking to construct in the park by spring of 2016.
Saulsbury noted that a grant may be available to help open the lots for occupancy.
Greater MN cities
A representative from the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities gave council members an overview of the group’s goals Tuesday evening.
One objective is to encourage passage of economic development programs for cities outside the metro area in regards to workforce housing, job training, public infrastructure, and broadband.
Winsted’s new city administrator, Dan Tienter, noted that things have been going well since his first day Aug. 10.
“There’s a lot to do and a lot going on, and I’m very excited for the challenge,” he said.
Look for a feature story about Tienter in a future issue of the Herald Journal.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• approved a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Luce Line State Trail Saturday, Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. at Southview Park in Winsted.
• appointed Evelyn Fowler and Cindy Racette as members of the Winsted Park Commission, and accepted the resignation of Jordan Wolfe.
• accepted a donation of nearly $2,000 from the Winsted Little League Baseball Association to be dedicated to Barrett Field improvements.
• approved allowing the installation of a 100-foot monopole tower at 555 Baker Ave. W. for microwave transmission between the Littfin Lumber sites in Winsted and Howard Lake.
• scheduled a closed city council hearing for Tuesday, Sept. 1 regarding an abatement notice for 141 Sherman Avenue East, including the possibility of “summary enforcement.”