|7/3/2014 12:12:00 PM|
Street assessments reduction made on Chisago City's proposed street work
by PAUL RIGNELLChisago City residents who will pay for street work near their homes this year learned June 24 that the assessments will be lower than projected thanks to favorable bids.
CDL Homes LLC, or Ecumen Parmly LifePointes, will bear a large majority of the assessment as most of the project will be comprised of work on Fairway Lane (which serves the Point Pleasant Heights community) and the portion of 282nd Street extending to Lakeview apartments and “Vitalize!” wellness center.
The city is also preparing for street re-paving on Maple Ridge Road, where six properties each will be assessed about $3,725, that they could choose to pay over 15 years at 3.5 percent interest.
The assessments are down from an estimated $5,300 per lot that was reported in May after City Engineer Steve Heth anticipated bids around $250,000 for the project. After legal and contingency costs were factored along with a city street fund contribution of 10 percent, Ecumen and the other property owners were told in May to expect a collective assessment of $267,000. Since then, the city received four bids all below $250,000, and the total private assessment has dropped to nearly $208,000. North Valley Inc., of Elk River, submitted the low bid and Heth said all of their work should be completed by mid-October.
Council gave the city’s blessing for friends of the Chisago City native and Navy SEAL Nick Spehar for a monument sign for placement in Moberg Park to honor the memory of Spehar, killed Aug. 6, 2011, during service in Afghanistan. He was 24. A special program is planned in the park Sunday, Sept. 21, to establish U.S. Hwy. 8 through Chisago City, Lindstrom and Center City as the Nicholas Patrick Spehar Memorial Highway. Spehar had been an exceptional student and three-sport athlete at Chisago Lakes High School, where he graduated in 2005 before enlisting in the Navy in 2007.
The highway designation received wide support at the State Capitol as local legislators authored the bill that was eventually signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton.