The Anoka City Council has awarded a contract for the reconstruction of Greenhaven Road, along with the parking lot at Green Haven Golf Course.
New Look Contracting of Elk River was the low bidder at $1.28 million for the project, coming in just $6,200 under Northwest Asphalt, which has been awarded the past several years of street renewal projects in Anoka.
The low bid was also within $18,000 of the engineer’s estimate, said Public Services Director Greg Lee. Eight contractors bid on the project.
“We’re really getting into a very competitive bid process on our public improvement projects,” Lee said.
The improvements to Greenhaven Road will extend the look of West Main Street in front of the new Riverway Clinic, now under construction, out to the golf course.
The project also includes the reconfiguration of the parking lot at Green Haven Golf Club, which will add 100 new parking spots, bringing it to 280.
Construction will start in early March with the removal of the center islands in the golf course parking lot as well as the expansion of the stormwater holding pond on the golf course.
Roadway improvements will start as soon as weather permits. The city will be working to meet a June 28 deadline, as part of its development agreement with HealthPartners. The Riverway Clinic is expected to open July 1. While the project won’t be completed by this deadline, the new roadway will be in place. Lighting, landscaping and irrigation will likely take place after this date.
The road and parking lot will be done in two phases, an east half and a west half, Lee said.
The council has been discussing this project for several months and it has seen a significant change from the early plans.
Improvements to the roundabout and clubhouse entryway from the upper parking lot have been delayed.
Last month City Manager Tim Cruikshank said by moving the project to 2014, it will give the city some time to work through some issues with upgrading the entrance.
Without the entryway, the total project will cost $1.55 million, including engineering.
Once the roadway is rebuilt, drivers will notice a big change as they approach Green Haven. Lee said the grade of the road is being lowered significantly, as much as three feet in some places.
“You will be seeing Green Haven much sooner than you are today,” said Lee.
Anoka resident Dr. Ed Evans questioned where the money would come from to pay for the improvements to the parking lot. He doesn’t feel street renewal funds should be used to pay for this particular project.
“Green Haven parking lot is not a street,” Evans said. “The parking lot belongs to Green Haven, it doesn’t belong to the street department.”
Finance Director Lori Yager said the city will transfer $1.25 million to the enterprise fund for Green Haven – $750,000 from the general fund along with $500,000 from the electric utility fund.
This money will be used to offset debt and pay for the improvement of the parking lot.
The cost of the parking lot improvement is $850,000.
Evans’ questions also sparked debate about how the city views and financially accounts for the city-owned golf club.
Right now it is an enterprise fund, which requires the budget to show a $100,000 depreciation of the building ever year, said Yager, pushing Green Haven’s books into the red.
Cruikshank suggested the council discuss whether it makes sense to continue to view Green Haven as an enterprise fund.
By contrast, other city recreation facilities like the aquatic center or parks are not enterprise funds, and therefore do not have to show depreciation of their facilities.
Cruikshank also believes using electric utility revenues to help fund projects like these is the right thing to do.
“Revenues have been used in this community and should be used by the city for the betterment of the community,” Cruikshank said.
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