|10/17/2013 3:57:00 PM|
Council ready to survey lot lines
to layout next phase of river walk
by PAUL RIGNELL
The Taylors Falls City Council has approved a contract with Polk County Land Surveying, of St. Croix Falls, to survey an area where a second phase of the public River Walk project is slated for development. This extension concept was amended, following community meetings in 2011, for the path to go north on River Road to Linden Street, then west to Bench Street.
A $3,000 price for the survey will be added to $6,000 in previously approved design costs for the Phase II project. A River Walk subcommittee, comprised of members from two other city commissions, had been successful in obtaining a $5,000 grant from the regional Initiative Foundation to cover most of those costs. The city included the remaining $1,000 in the 2013 budget, but council members were tasked Oct. 14 with deciding where they could pull funds for the survey that is required for designs to begin. Mayor Mike Buchite suggested an earmark of $3,000 from contingency, which would leave $1,400 there for the rest of this year. He said that he found that move preferable to drawing from cash reserves for the survey, and his colleagues agreed. Council member John Tangen said that a survey could benefit the neighborhood for years after this project.
“Defining property lines – at some point, that will become invaluable down there,” he said. Public works discussion filled most of the rest of the agenda. The city will save more than $12,500, or about 30 percent, on a sewer lining project that council had approved Aug. 26. A televised scope found that a segment under West Street was finished already, from Grove to Walnut streets. Council voted Oct. 14 to redirect $5,150 from those savings to rehabilitate two manholes on River Road. Bringing electricity to the undeveloped business park area on County Road 37 will cost the city about $1,700 as officials continue to build infrastructure there. A lift station was installed in 2012 but in tests this past summer, one pump was found to have broken down due to moisture from the winter.
The new electricity will support heating elements in the pumps to protect them from the cold before business park development. The city will pay $457.29 to Xcel Energy for its service, and $1,250 to a Lindstrom-based electrical firm, Ted’s Services, for installation of a transformer across County 37. An electrical company based in Dresser bid $1,690 for that job. Xcel had proposed a total cost of more than $6,200 to complete a connection with a transformer adjacent to the lift station, as council member Ross Rivard explained from city documents.
Repaving of Government and Ravine streets, between Romayne’s, a municipal parking lot and Springs Inn, will be pushed back to 2014 due partly to delayed road contractor availability. The city had contracted with Valley Paving, of Shakopee, to do the work at a reduced rate of $20,000 this year as the same firm was also in the area for the season’s work on Highway 95. A lingering winter along with heavy rain shortened and limited the season, however; the contractor removed a warranty from its pledge for Government and Ravine streets, according to city staff, and the city turned to three other firms for bids. Each of them bid more than $30,000 and above the city’s budget for 2013.
Council agreed to reject those bids and reopen the process next spring. In other business Oct. 14, council voted 4-0 to approve a 3.2 beer license for Schoony’s Malt Shop and Pizzeria, effective Oct. 15. Council member Tangen abstained from that vote, citing his employment with the law enforcement.