Ramsey approves 2012 street plan

When Ramsey’s roads get sealcoated this year, they will not come with a bill.

The Ramsey City Council voted unanimously March 13 to a street plan that would sealcoat 21 miles of road at various locations without property owner assessments.

The funds for the $574,000 project will come from tax increment finance (TIF) district 4, the general fund, the Minnesota State Aid (MSA) account and developers’ sealcoat escrows from development agreements.

The sealcoating for parking lots in parks, at water tower No. 1 and at the public works facility will be paid for using the parks and/or facilities maintenance budgets, said City Engineer Tim Himmer.

The preparation of plans and specifications are expected to come back to the council June 12 for approval.

Sealcoating would start in late July/early August.

Under the normal sealcoating schedule, benefiting residents would have had to pay a 15 percent assessment, Himmer said.

The sealcoating schedule is expected to be gradually phased out in 2014, he said.

The proposal is good and very timely, said Councilmember David Elvig.

“It’s a good plan and a good solution for now,” Councilmember Sarah Strommen said.

But the council really needs to keep its focus on developing a long-term road maintenance plan, she said.

Many of the roads, including hers, are starting to fall apart and that is impacting residents, Strommen said.

Tammy Sakry is at [email protected]