Anoka’s 2014 street renewal program will replace nearly a mile of roads and underlying infrastructure in an east central neighborhood of the city.
“This is a complete neighborhood revitalization project,” said Greg Lee, public services director and city engineer.
This means new roads, curb and gutter, streetlights and updated water, sanitary and storm sewer infrastructure.
Streets included in the 2014 program are 10th Avenue (from Jefferson Street to East Main Street) as well as Cross and Madison streets (from Ninth Avenue to the east city limits).
According to Lee, the project is expected to cost $1.73 million.
At the public hearing, no residents raised concerns about assessments or the project in general.
The council unanimously agreed to order the project and authorized the preparation of final engineering plans and specifications.
Benefiting property owners will pay for about 22 percent of the costs.
The total assessment for an 80-foot wide lot would be $5,770. This includes the street assessment at $2,750 per home plus $14 per lineal frontage foot. Property owners are also charged $900 for sanitary sewer service and $1,000 for water service.
Assessments are payable over a 10-year period at an interest rate of 5 percent.
The property assessments rates have not changed since the most recent ones were established in 2009.
“For the last five projects those rates have stayed consistent,” Lee said.
Although there are no guarantees how long the city will be able to hold that rate, given that construction costs are increasing.
“Bid prices are creeping up,” Lee said. “Contractors are finding work and a lot of work. We might not be able to stay at this rate indefinitely.”
This is part of a multi-phase project to upgrade the streets in this neighborhood.
Lee said a lot of new storm sewer is being added to this part of the city with the 2014 project.
The city has done emergency work in the past to alleviate flooding for Cross Street homeowners.
“We put a Band-Aid on that three or four years ago because of a lack of catch basins,” said Councilmember Jeff Weaver. “This is going to get it fixed right once and for all.”
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