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Lanesboro council accepts street bids

Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

The city of Lanesboro has accepted bids for the projects that will be done this summer and fall on Whittier Street and Maple Drive. Dillon Dombrovski of Yaggy Colby presented the council with the bids at the regular meeting on July 21.

SL Contracting, Inc. out of Rochester had the lowest bid of $40,415.50 for Whittier Street and $110,110.50 for Maple Drive.

Dombrovski explained that prices had gone up since the preliminary hearing. Pavement has gone way up with the price of oil rising, and the duct piping has gone up drastically over the last couple of months. He recommended switching to plastic pipes, which would save about $25-30,000, since there is about 1,700 feet of water main in the project. Although the prices have gone up, the low bid is still within the engineer's estimate.

Right now the bituminous cost is at $77 a ton. Dombrovski explained that they could place the base course on the street now and put on the final 1 1?2 inches next spring to accommodate any settling over the winter. However, the cost will be $87 a ton next year.

City employee Andy Drake recommended that they put the final lift on the pavement in the spring, as Zenith Street has had some problems due to settling.

Before Dombrovski spoke, Robert Thompson spoke to the council about the Whittier Street project. He asked if the Utility Board had been in on the decision to do the project, and City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman assured him that it had been a joint decision based on several joint meetings.

Thompson stated the streets in the Brooklyn part of town all are in need of repair. He made the recommendation that the city shelf the Whittier Street project, which is going to cost almost a half-million dollars for four blocks, and work on Brooklyn instead. He added that things may get cheaper in the next few years if the city waited to see what happens with the economy.

Council member Tom Dybing said they have been talking about these projects for years and placed a high priority on Whittier. Drake mentioned that he has worked many times on Whittier due to water problems and the street is in dire need of repair. He added that Thompson was right, that the other streets were in bad shape as well.

Other Business

Vickerman said she met with a representative from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and thoroughly went through all of the damage, hours worked, volunteers and needed repairs in town due to the flooding in June. She now has a good idea of what FEMA will pay for. They will cover the costs of 13 picnic tables that were lost, rock for the softball field and other areas and damage to the wastewater treatment plant and the dam. Right now the wastewater treatment plan is being worked on, and they are rebuilding the concession stand.

The council approved the fireworks for Buffalo Bill Days, and the donation of $500. The committee is working on raising $5,000 for fireworks, and now has a little over $3,000. Public Utilities also donated $500 toward the fireworks. The city will also be mowing the area where they will be set off.

The tree ordinance will be amended to add that property owners will be contacted before trees are cut or removed, and they will have a chance to get a second opinion at their own expense.

The garbage ordinance will have a part added to it about the Dump Station in the park. Only patrons of the park or campground will be allowed to use the dump station, and as it is a misdemeanor, there will be a fine. A sign will be put up at the station.

Vickerman and Mayor Steve Rahn will be looking over options for purchasing a new gurney for the ambulance.

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