10/11/2012 9:04:00 PM East Side project estimated at $2.95 million
by Ken Haggerty
The Cannon Falls city council accepted a preliminary plan with an estimated cost of $2.950 million for street and sewer and water utility improvements on portions of the city's East Side neighborhood during its October 2 meeting.
A public hearing will be held on the project November 8 at 6:30 p.m. The city is proposing to assess impacted property owners for twenty percent of the costs, the minimum amount required by the State. The city will bond for its share of the project (about $2.36 million.) Construction is being planned for May to October in 2013.
Assessments on impacted property owners on Bridge and Cedar between Water and Minnesota and on Water between Bridge and Cedar are estimated at about $5,200. Work is not expected to be as extensive in that area as in the other parts designated for work.
Most impacted properties in the project should expect an assessment of about $6,400. Assessments on the recently completed West Side project were about $5,200, but the East Side project is expected to be more difficult because of the underlying rock. No new sidewalks are included in the proposed project.
Other main areas are on Water east of Oak; Vine north of Minnesota; Grove north of Minnesota; Almond north of Water; Cannon, Stoughton and Water Courts; Hoffman between Oak and Grove; and Oak and Vine south of Hwy. 19.
County Library payments
Goodhue County will meet with cities that operate public libraries on October 16 at 9:45 a.m. to discuss support payments. The County makes payments to the cities to help cover the cost of township residents who use the libraries. This last year, the County payment increased by four percent, but the County is saying it wants to give no increase in 2013.
Cannon Falls city administrator Aaron Reeves said that the County payments represent only about 70 percent of costs of services, so the cities will push for an increase.
Bob Vose, Kennedy and Graven law firm out of Minneapolis, has been hired to represent the City in negotiations with Mediacom for a new cable franchise contract, which expires in May, 2015. Vose addressed the council and noted a few elements of the existing contract, in force since 2003.
The contract calls for five percent of gross revenues generated by cable fees to go to the city. Currently, 50 percent of that is designated to local public broadcasting. Vose said the city may want to direct some of that to the general fund. Vose recommended an audit of Mediacom payments to make sure the city has received what it has supposed to have received.
The current contract called for a $25,000 grant for the city to purchase broadcast equipment and a $1.25 per month/per customer charge to fund public broadcast operating costs. Vose indicated that Mediacom will likely look to have those items dropped from the new contract.
Vose said that the city should negotiate to have cable service provided to all areas of the city since the franchise has been in place for so long. Length of contract and leaving open the option for another firm to bring broadband to the City are other points to negotiate, said Vose.
The Sandstone Ridge development, portions of which were recently forfeited to the State due to failure to pay taxes, will be posted for no trespassing...The Council approved a purchase of a John Deere 1445 mower for $20,647 from Frontier Ag and Turf for Public Works...The Council approved an annual contract for a safety management program from the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association for $14,400.