Coon Rapids council approves 9th Avenue work

by Peter Bodley
Managing Editor

The Coon Rapids City Council has given its blessing to a city of Anoka street reconstruction project that will impact some Coon Rapids residents.

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

Because Ninth Avenue is a border street between Coon Rapids and Anoka, Coon Rapids will be paying a portion of the cost and will assess Coon Rapids properties that have access to Ninth Avenue, according to City Engineer Doug Vierzba.

That required a public/assessment hearing before the council before the project could be ordered.

No one appeared at the council hearing to object to the project or the proposed assessment, but Vierzba said that one resident on the Coon Rapids side of Ninth Avenue did send in a written objection.

Anoka has had a public hearing for its benefiting properties and will assess them a portion of the cost, Vierzba said.

“Coon Rapids will assess at the normal street reconstruction rate of $1,575 per home over a 10-year period,” he said.

This is the same rate benefiting Coon Rapids residents will be paying this year for the city’s street reconstruction program.

There are 14 benefiting properties in Coon Rapids on Ninth Avenue, Vierzba said.

The assessment will be approved at the June 5 council meeting once the contract for the project has been awarded and residents have 30 days from that date to pay off the assessment in full, without paying any interest, according to Vierzba.

If not, the assessments will appear for the first time on residents’ 2013 property tax statement.

Anoka will be awarding the construction contract and overseeing the project, but Coon Rapids will be paying $104,000 toward the project cost, Vierzba said.

The assessments will total $22,050, with the balance of the city’s share coming from the street reconstruction fund, he said.

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

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

A joint powers agreement with the city of Anoka spelling out the scope of the project and the cost sharing details has also been approved by the council. Anoka will send a bill to Coon Rapids for its 50 percent of the project cost.

At the same time, the council approved a second joint powers agreement with Anoka on a request by Anoka to connect to the Coon Rapids sanitary sewer system so that a small lift station can be eliminated in Anoka.

According to Vierzba, the Coon Rapids system has adequate depth and capacity to handle this additional flow from 42 existing homes in Anoka.

The agreement allows for the sewer connection and requires Anoka to pay Coon Rapids for the increased flow into the Coon Rapids system. “This type of interconnection exists between all of our border cities, so it is a fairly common situation,” Vierzba said.