Anoka, Coon Rapids working on Ninth Avenue

by Peter Bodley
Managing Editor

A city of Anoka street reconstruction project will impact some Coon Rapids residents.

This year Anoka is planning to reconstruct several streets south of Coon Rapids Boulevard, including Ninth Avenue from 115th Avenue to Oakwood Drive.

According to City Engineer Doug Vierzba, this is a border street between the two cities so Coon Rapids will be paying a portion of the cost.

And the city will assess Coon Rapids properties that have access to Ninth Avenue, Vierzba said.

The Coon Rapids City Council has accepted a feasibility report prepared by Vierzba and ordered a public hearing for its meeting Wednesday, Feb. 8 (the normal meeting date, Tuesday, Feb. 7, is the night of precinct caucuses).

The estimated cost of the project to Coon Rapids is $104,000, of which $22,050 will be assessed, leaving the balance to be paid from the city’s street reconstruction fund, Vierzba said.

There are 14 benefiting Coon Rapids properties on Ninth Avenue, whose owners will each pay $1,575, which is the city’s normal residential street reconstruction rate, he said.

The assessment will be spread over 10 years, according to Vierzba.

The city of Anoka will be assessing a portion of its cost for the project to its benefiting property owners, Vierzba said.

“The project is necessary to keep the city’s streets in good condition,” he said.

The street, which is 1,300 feet long is 45 years old, Vierzba said.

A joint powers agreement with the city of Anoka which will spell out the scope of the project and the cost sharing details will be brought to the council for approval in the near future, according to Vierzba.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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