Coon Rapids sets hearing on residential streets project

by Peter Bodley
Managing Editor

A public/assessment hearing has been set by the Coon Rapids City Council for Tuesday, April 3, 7 p.m., to consider plans to reconstruct some five miles of residential streets this year.

A feasibility report prepared by City Engineer Doug Vierzba estimates the cost to be $1.94 million, of which $777,963.09 is proposed to be assessed to benefiting properties, with the rest to be paid from various city funds.

The project comprises replacement of old street signs, replacement of existing curb and gutter in need to repair and paving a new surface.

Four areas in the south central part of Coon Rapids are targeted for residential street reconstruction this year.

• South Robinson Drive area located either side of Robinson and north of Egret Boulevard and south of Creek Meadow Drive.

• South Egret Boulevard area located south of Coon Rapids Boulevard near the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park.

• Tralee Terrace area at Redwood Street and 98th Avenue.

• Springbrook Cove area located south of 85th Avenue and east of East River Road.

Streets in these areas range from 18 to 41 years old. “These streets are starting to crack excessively and will become a maintenance problem if they are not repaved soon,” Vierzba said.

While these streets were seal coated some years ago, seal coating is not practical for areas that have excessive cracking, he said.

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

According to Vierzba, the project will affect 387 single-family lots, 38 duplex units, 37 townhome units, 130 condominium units and 10 apartment buildings.

Assessments proposed are $1,575 per single-family lot, $19.69 per front foot of average width for higher density residential including duplexes and $39.38 per average front foot for commercial and office.

Most assessments will be spread over a 10-year period at a 3.1 percent interest rate beginning in 2013, Vierzba said.

Properties, such as condominiums, with smaller assessment amounts, will be assessed over three years with an interest rate of 2 percent, he said.

“Property owners would have the option of paying the assessment within 30 days following the council action on the assessments with no interest charge,” Vierzba said.

“If paid as part of the property tax statement, the annual cost for a single-family home would be approximately $200 for the 10-year period.”

Prior to the formal public/assessment hearing April 3, staff will host an informational meeting for benefiting property owners Wednesday, March 21, 6:30 p.m., in the city council chambers to answer questions about the project and proposed assessments.

According to Vierzba, all affected residents were notified by letter of the project back in December 2011 and of the 600 property owners affected no one has objected to the project, so far.

The few phone calls and e-mails received by staff to date have been basic questions about driveway paving and the impact of the road work on lawn sprinkling systems, Vierzba said.

Even though the council is having the public/assessment hearing April 3, the actual assessment won’t be adopted by the council until it awards a contract for the project, which is scheduled to take place at the Tuesday, May 15 meeting.

Construction is scheduled to take place from late May to early September, Vierzba said.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]