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Cokato City Council pushes ahead with Central City road and utility project
March 13, 2020

Nancy Dashwood
Staff Writer

COKATO, MN – The Cokato City Council took another step forward toward making the proposed Phase 1 of the Central City road and utility project a reality at its meeting Monday evening.

Phase 1 includes the improvement of streets, curb and gutter, stormwater, sewer, and water infrastructure in the following locations:

• 4th St. SW, Jackson Avenue to Broadway Avenue;

• 4th St. SE, Broadway Avenue to Lee Avenue S.;

• Millard Avenue, 4th St. SW to 2nd St. SW;

• 6th St. SE, Broadway Avenue to Lee Avenue S.; and,

• Mooers Avenue, 7th St. SW to 3rd St. SE.

City engineer Josh Halvorson indicated that everything was in place for the council to approve plans and specifications for the project, and proceed to advertise for bids.

Council Member Butch Amundsen said he was concerned about having enough time to get good bids back for the upcoming construction season. He also reiterated his concerns about the city’s ability to pay for the project.

Following discussion, the council adopted two resolutions, both of which passed on 4 - 1 votes. The first resolution approved plans and specifications. The second resolution approved ordering advertisements for bids. Voting in favor of the resolutions were Mayor Gordy Erickson, and council members Kevin Wilson, Carl Harju, and Jarod Sebring. Amundsen voted against.

The council also adopted a resolution to call a public hearing about the project at the next regularly-scheduled council meeting, Monday, April 13. Amundsen was again the single no vote.

WWTP update

John Graupman of Bolton & Menk told the council that the city was eligible for a Minnesota Public Facilities Authority (MPFA) grant of approximately $2.1 million to go toward wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) updates. The remaining cost to the city would be approximately $700,000. The council adopted a resolution approving bids and specifications, and ordering advertisements for bids for the WWTP project.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• approved the planning and zoning commission’s recommendation to rezone property at 405 Broadway, Ave. S. – the former Elim Mission Church building – from R3 - Residential to C-1 -Central Business. The change does not impact the permitted usages of the property. The new owner intends to open the building for other churches and family-appropriate entertainment.

• approved an agreement with MnDOT for the upcoming Highway 12 project.

• discussed whether the council wanted to televise private sewer connections from the property lines to the houses as a part of upcoming construction projects.

• discussed a possible ordinance related to a proposed storm water utility fee.

• discussed an easement area at the Elim Church’s new building site. Erickson said he would meet with church representatives to iron out specifics about related costs, and how they would be split between the city and the church.

• accepted a bid for the 1989 Ford L9000 Ladder Truck (fire truck) in the amount of $11,005 from Punk Lundeen.

• approved a bid from Surface Pro in the amount of $12,710 to resurface the city’s tennis courts. The courts will also have pickleball court lines painted on them.

• reviewed upcoming meetings, including the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization for Wright County, which will take place Thursday, April 9 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Wright County Government Center, Room 100, 10 2nd Street NW, Buffalo.

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