Blaine council addresses street maintenance projects

The Blaine City Council April 3 unanimously approved bids for sealcoating and pavement markings work and authorized city staff to seek bids for some overlay and reconstruction projects that will all take place this year.

The $89,982 bid for sealcoating went to Allied Blacktop Company, of Maple Grove. The $46,870.45 bid for pavement markings went to AAA Striping Service, of St. Michael.

Plans and specifications were approved for reconstructing streets in the D. Erickson 4th Addition and Jackson Place neighborhoods.

City Engineer Jean Keely said this project is estimated to cost $675,000 with $130,155 proposed to be assessed over a 10-year period. The D. Erickson neighborhood assessment is estimated to be $1,288.50 per lot and the Jackson Place neighborhood assessment could be $1,206.52 per lot.

Resident Mark Bubalo said he was fine with being assessed for the road project, but wondered what the city’s plan was going forward for maintaining these roads.

Keely said these two neighborhood roads hopefully will not need an overlay for 20 to 25 years, but this would depend on the council in the future approving sealcoating projects to prolong the life of a road.

“Our process going forward is proactive rather than reactive,” Councilmember Mike Bourke said.

Mayor Tom Ryan said the council in the past would try to keep up on patching roads, but the council in 2010 adopted a new pavement management program.

Keely said the city generally covers 75 percent of road reconstruction projects through the general fund tax base and 25 percent through assessments. However, when the city has to construct the street to higher standards in order to receive state funding or when there are sanitary sewer or storm sewer improvements, these costs are not assessable to the neighboring property owners.

The council also approved plans and specifications for $412,500 worth of overlay work on city streets. Of this, $152,835.74 will be assessed. Keely said the rate per residential lot is $539 while parcels zoned commercial/industrial and multi-family residential will face a $10.77 per front foot assessment.

The overlay work is happening in four areas of the community.

Both the overlay and street reconstruction bids will come back to the council May 15, according to Keely.

“This has been a wonderful program,” Councilmember Wes Hovland said. “Once we get caught up it will get better, but it will take some time.”

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