7/25/2013 3:11:00 PM Projects' update on Hwy. 8; things on-track
by DENISE MARTIN
Lindstrom City Council spent some time last week on Highway 8 related project wrap-up. City Administrator John Olinger informed the council that installation of “salt resistant sod” was being delayed because suppliers’ sod fields experienced spring flooding, so MnDOT is probably going to be seeding. The highway landscaping company has until June 2014 for completing all plantings, so there may well be unfinished tasks into this winter yet. Irrigation devices are being installed in planter boxes as well as plantstock going in.
Erosion into the channel between North and South Lindstrom lakes continues to be an issue. Olinger said silt washing into the channel was dredged recently, anticipating that the adjacent hillside vegetation will be planted soon. Mayor Keith Carlson asked if grass was going all the way to the waterline. Carlson said the channel needs rip-rap brought in to protect the channel sides in high and low water. Council member Curt Flug also predicted the embankment erosion will continue without rock, adding, “We’ll be arguing with them (DNR) for years.” Olinger also reported the trio of statues, going in at the west end of the pairs split, depicting Lindstrom’s founding fathers will be dedicated Saturday, October 5 and a large Scandinavian tour group is expected. IN public comment at the start of the council meeting, Mr and Mrs Soma presented a concern of theirs related to the highway project.
The new driveway they put in last fall-- they reside at Linden and First-- now is about 18 inches too high from the new elevation of the restored roadway. They asked the city to pay about $2,500 for a new driveway. City Engineer Jon Herdegen said the road was indeed lowered “for positive drainage” away from the Soma’s garage and the result is the driveway has a big drop to the road. Herdegen, though, felt the couple was advised verbally months ago by the city’s public works director, “to hold off” on finishing their driveway, foreseeing this very problem. Mayor Carlson and staff will meet at the site to come to some sort of resolution and give council a recommendation. Council doesn’t act on public comment issues the same night they are aired. The council also learned an appraisal of the Holmquist building (across from the Lake Area Bank, next to the bakery) came in at $157,000.
The county and city economic development agencies are considering razing the building. Council member Joe Wishy asked for budget estimates for tear down and disposal too, before any forward movement on this plan fearing that it could be costly to get that site cleared back to flat ground.