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Spring Valley City Council Report: Reconstruction of Hudson Street set for public hearing

Fri, Sep 28th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley City Council met Monday night September 24 and passed a resolution calling for a public hearing on a major improvement project. Bryan Holtz of Yaggy Colby Associates presented the Feasibility Report to the Council. The price tag on the project is $2,390,936.28. If approved, it would result in the complete reconstruction of Hudson Avenue from Grant Street to Freemont Street and from Hudson Avenue to Washington Avenue. The project includes sanitary sewer, water main, storm sewer, street, curb and gutter, retaining wall, tree removal and sidewalk construction.

There are two parts to the project. The first phase starts on Hudson at the south end of Grant and goes south to the north side of Main Street. As part of phase one, Jefferson Street from Washington Avenue to Hudson and Courtland from Washington Avenue to Huron will also be included. The cost of phase one will be $1,417,684.13.

Phase two includes Hudson starting at the south side of Main Street and continuing south to the intersection of Freemont Street. Phase two's estimated cost will be $973,252.15.

Holtz said that the area is long overdue for upgrading. The existing 6 and 8 inch sanitary sewer is mainly clay pipe and has numerous structural defects. These existing mains will be replaced with 8 inch PVC sanitary sewer pipe.

The existing cast iron 4 and 6 inch water mains will be replaced with new 6 inch ductile iron pipe water main. The current system has been in place for many years.

Street reconstruction in phase one would be removal of the existing curb and gutter and then replacement on both sides of the street. The new sidewalks will connect with the bike trails that exist within the city park. Courtland, Jefferson, and a portion of Hudson Avenue will require extensive retaining walls to accommodate the new street and sidewalks. The retaining walls in this area will vary from 2 to 5 feet in height.

According to Holz the project area has very limited storm sewer capacity and currently drains easterly into Main Street and then south at Huron Avenue and outlets adjacent to the Spring Valley Creek in the city park. The remaining portion of the project area's storm water drains over land discharges across the ground into the city park. The new project calls for the storm sewer to be constructed throughout the length of the project. Catch basins will be added to each intersection and the storm sewer will be designed to convey the 10 year storm event underground. The new storm sewer will outlet into the city park at or near the Spring Valley Creek. A potential problem might involve the DNR. Holz said that he had contacted the DNR regarding the issue and has received no response. He wanted to discuss what potential issues they may have with discharging storm water into Spring Valley Creek, which is a designated Trout Stream. He said at this point DNR has been unresponsive. There are three engineering alternatives to the issue; the first is discharging the water over land to the creek. The second is to construct an MPCA wet sediment basin to remove the sediment prior to discharging into Spring Valley Creek and the third, which is more costly, would be to construct an infiltration basin which would remove the sediment and not permit the water to drain into the creek.

With the engineer's estimate of $2,390,936.28 the assessments would be $97.31 per foot under Spring Valley's current assessment policy. Water mains and associated items are not assessable.

The Council accepted the report from Yaggy and set a public hearing for October 22.

Other Business

In other business the council accepted the Tri County Fire Mutual Aid Agreement. Under the agreement responding parties would charge a maximum of $900.00 for each three hour period during which assistance is provided. The following rates were established:

1. The rate of $150.00 per hour for a tanker and two personnel; and

2. A charge of $300.00 per hour for a pumper or aerial truck with four personnel; and

3. A charge of $300.00 for a rescue truck and four personnel; and

4. Any other apparatus and personnel shall not exceed $300.00 per hour.

5. An addition to the previous contract is that the hourly rate charged the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will be $300.00

• The contract with Waste Management was approved for another five years. According to the Company the only price change will be that the bag price will go up ten cents. Waste Management also added free container and disposal service during one city-sponsored festival each year. There is also a Diesel Fuel Price Per Gallon Fuel Surcharge. Less than $3.00, the fuel surcharge would be 0. If diesel goes from $3.00 to $3.24 cents it would go up 2 percent; $3.25 to $3.49 4 percent; and $3.50 and up 5 percent.

Waste Management officials also presented a check for $468.00 to Mayor Struzyk for the Girl Scouts of Spring Valley. This is a fairly regular donation that WM makes to civic organizations in their communities.

• Dianne Swenson-Sikkink appeared before the Council and reported on the library usage this summer. She said that patrons have used the computers 8,390 times this summer. In addition to local residents, the logons have included people from 18 states and Sweden. She said that the accessibility of computers in the Spring Valley Library is good according to a national study and that our local library is among the top 20% in the nation.

• City Hall will be closed November 1 to permit employees to take Safety Training. According to City Administrator Deb Zimmer this will result in employees being able to attend the training without being interrupted.

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