Largest of three Coon Rapids reconstruction projects ordered

The largest of the three residential street reconstruction projects planned in the city this year was ordered by the Coon Rapids City Council following a public/assessment hearing April 2.

Not only did the council order the project, it also approved plans and specifications and ordered the advertisement for bids.

At its May 7 meeting, the council will consider a contract award and approve the assessments.

The project covering 4.2 miles of residential streets affects an area generally north of Coon Rapids Boulevard and east of Crooked Lake Boulevard.

Fifteen streets are included in the project and assessment area.

• South Heights Drive from Crooked Lake Boulevard to where it ends east of Wren Street.

• 113th Avenue from Crooked Lake Boulevard to where it ends east of Bittersweet Street.

• 112th Lane from Crooked Lake Boulevard to its east terminus.

• 112th Avenue between Crooked Lake Boulevard and Yukon Street.

• 111th Avenue between Bittersweet and Zion streets.

• 110th Lane west of Zion Street.

• 110th Avenue from Yukon Street to where it ends east of Wren Street.

• Coon Rapids Boulevard Service Drive west of Bittersweet Street.

• Crocus Street between 112th and 113th avenues.

• Bittersweet Street between Coon Rapids Boulevard and South Heights Drive.

• Arrowhead Street between 111th Avenue and South Heights Drive.

• Zion Street between Yukon Street and South Heights Drive.

• Yukon Street from 109th Avenue to where it ends east of South Heights Drive.

• Xavis Street between 110th Avenue and Yukon Street.

• Wren Street between 110th Avenue and South Heights Drive.

According to City Engineer Bob Moberg, proposed improvements include removal and replacement of the existing bituminous pavement and gravel base, removal and replacement of damaged curb and gutter, installation of Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant pedestrian curb ramps as needed and repair or replacement of storm sewer, sanitary sewer and watermains as needed.

All but one of the streets affected were originally constructed in 1968; the Coon Rapids Boulevard Service Drive was built in 1973, Moberg wrote in the feasibility report.

The project area includes 372 single-family homes, a 48-unit townhouse complex, three commercial properties and two city parks (Delta and Hoover).

Under the city’s assessment policy, the proposed assessment for the single-family lots is a flat $1,620, $20.24 a front foot for the townhouse development and $40.48 a front foot for the commercial properties.

Rates reflect a 2.8 percent increase over 2012 because of an increase in the construction cost index, Moberg said.

Assessments would be spread over a 10-year period at an interest rate of 2.7 percent with the first installment due in 2014, according to Moberg.

But property owners have the option of paying off the entire amount with no interest charged within 30 days of the council adopting the assessment, Moberg wrote in the feasibility report.

The annual cost for a single-family home for the 10-year assessment would be $200 a year, he wrote.

The estimated cost of the project is $2,101,600 with assessments picking up $635,456.52 of that amount, about a third.

According to Moberg, $954,143 of the cost would be taken from the city’s street reconstruction fund, which comes from the property tax levy; $424,400 from the water system maintenance fund; and $87,600 from the storm water utility fund.

A neighborhood meeting on the project March 7 at the Coon Rapids Civic Center attracted 24 residents.

But no one objected, although staff has received one verbal objection to the project.

At the council hearing, most of those speaking had questions about the project, although one of the three commercial property owners objected to the assessment that would be placed on his property.

The property owner appealed the assessment and the council will make a decision on the appeal at its May 7 meeting.

And based on comments from another resident, the council asked that a bid alternate be included for storm drainage enhancements.

Specifically, the resident wanted to see all cross gutters eliminated and replaced by storm sewer drains.

According to Moberg, that would add to the project cost, although money would come from the storm drain utility fund, which receives its revenues from quarterly utility bills sent to Coon Rapids property owners rather than the street reconstruction fund, which is part of the property tax levy.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]