Coon Rapids sets hearing on first residential street project

The Coon Rapids City Council will award three residential street reconstruction contracts this year.

A public/assessment hearing for the first of them, 2.9 miles in an area generally lying west of Crooked Lake Boulevard and north of 113th Avenue plus Oakwood Drive between Ninth Avenue and Eldorado Street, was set by the council for Tuesday, March 19, 7 p.m.

A neighborhood meeting for residents impacted by the project took place Feb. 28 at the Coon Rapids City Center council chambers.

The council accepted City Engineer Bob Moberg’s feasibility report for the project, which has an estimated price tag $1,413,600.

These residential streets were built in 1971 with the exception of Oakwood Drive, which was constructed in 1978, according to Moberg.

“Because of their age, these streets have experienced excessive fatigue cracking and are to the point where routine maintenance (crack sealing and seal coating) is no longer cost effective,” Moberg wrote in the feasibility report.

“There are also numerous areas where the existing concrete curb and gutter has cracked, broken or settled, resulting in a reduced capacity to effectively convey drainage.”

Streets scheduled for reconstruction in the project are:

• Heather, Ivywood, Jonquil, Kerry and Lily streets between 113th and 115th avenues.

• 113th Avenue between Lily and Jonquil streets.

• 113th Lane between Kerry and Jonquil streets and 114th Lane between Jonquil and Ivywood streets.

• 115th Avenue between Heather Street and Crooked Lake Boulevard.

• 115th Lane and 116th Avenue between Heather and Eidelweiss streets.

• 116th Lane between Kerry and Heather streets.

• Eidelweiss, Gladiola and Heather streets between 115th and 117th avenues.

• 117th Avenue between Heather and Gladiola streets.

• Oakwood Drive between Ninth Avenue and Eldorado Street.

Planned improvements include removal and replacement of existing bituminous pavement and gravel base, removal and replacement of damaged curb and gutter, sidewalk and driveway aprons, installation of ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant pedestrian curb ramps as needed, and repair or replacement of storm sewer, sanitary sewer and watermain as needed, Moberg wrote in his report to the council.

Of the $1,413,600 estimated cost, $639,000 will come from the city’s street reconstruction fund resulting in an annual tax levy of some $150,000 to repay bonds that will be sold over a five-year period in 2014.

In addition, $223,400 will be taken from the water fund and $97,100 from the storm water drainage fund, both of which derive their revenues from the storm water and water utilities rates, respectively.

There will also be $454,064.37 assessed to benefiting property owners, about a third of the project’s estimated cost, according to Moberg.

There are 251 single-family residential properties and four other properties (apartment building, WCCO-AM tower, city park and county library) in the project area, Moberg wrote in his report.

The proposed assessment rate for a single-family residential property is $1,620 per lot, multi-family residential property $20.24 per front foot and commercial property $40.48 a front foot.

Assessments would be spread over 10 years at an interest rate of 2.7 percent with the first payment due in 2014, but property owners have the option of paying off the entire assessment with no interest charge within 30 days of the council’s adoption of the assessments, which is scheduled to take place May 7 when the contract is awarded.

According to Moberg, the annual cost of the assessment if it is paid as part of the property tax statement would be about $200.

Under the project timeline presented by Moberg, the council would award a construction contract at its May 7 meeting with construction scheduled to begin in May and be completed in September.

The feasibility report for the project covering the neighborhood lying east of Crooked Lake Boulevard and north of Coon Rapids Boulevard, 4.2 miles, will go to the council at its March 5 meeting with the public/assessment hearing to be set for April 2.

Streets in the area are 45 years old, except for the Coon Rapids Boulevard service road which is 40 years old, Moberg wrote in a memo to the council.

The feasibility report for third project for the neighborhood lying west of Robinson Drive and north of the Burlington-Northern Santa Fe Railroad tracks plus Vale Street, west of East River Road, and 99th Avenue between Mississippi Boulevard and 99th Lane, two miles, will go to the council March 19 with the public/assessment hearing planned for April 16.

“Streets in the project area are 33 years old, except for 88th Lane, which is 41 years old, and Vale Street, which is 19 years old,” Moberg wrote in his memo.

Prior to the public hearings, information meetings for affected property owners will take place.

Property owners were notified of the pending project in their area in December 2012, according to Moberg.

The planned residential street reconstruction program in Coon Rapids this year totals a record 9.1 miles.

The city began its annual street reconstruction program in 1994 and since then more than 76 miles of the city’s 220-mile system have been reconstructed.

A pavement condition evaluation of all city streets was completed by the engineering department in 2009 and updated in 2012, according to Moberg.

The street reconstruction program was developed by neighborhood based on pavement condition so that construction is confined to certain neighborhoods and is completed as part of a single project to minimize neighborhood disturbance and achieve more cost-effective projects, Moberg wrote in a memo to the council.

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