2/15/2013 10:56:00 AM $1.52 million is CF portion of Hwy. 52
by Ken Haggerty
The Cannon Falls City Council approved at its February 5 meeting a resolution entering into a cooperative construction agreement with MnDOT for the Hwy. 52 interchange and overpass project and the associated road improvements.
The agreement calls for the City to contribute $1,521,199.
$1,341,695 of that total is set, and will not change even if construction bids and costs come in higher than anticipated. An estimated $179,504 for utility work on 318th Street and the new East Frontage road that was requested by the City may change if bids and work come in different than estimated.
Council member LeRoy McCusker said he was uncomfortable just handing the money over to MnDOT based on the City's past dealings with the agency.
McCusker cited concerns about lack of cooperation on a crosswalk on Hwy. 19 by the ballfield, the proposed 52/86 U-turn design, the use of roundabouts in the new interchange design, hesitation by MnDOT on building a second overpass by County 24, MnDOT building the "bridge to nowhere" in Pine Island ahead of Cannon Falls, and past reluctance by MnDOT to work with the City on getting truck traffic out of the downtown area as reasons he's just not confident MnDOT will be a good cooperative partner with the city.
Economic Development Director Dave Maroney noted MnDOT officials will be at the Chamber of Commerce breakfast on Thursday, February 28, at 7:30 a.m.
East Side Project
The Council approved sending out the final plans for the East Side street and utility project for construction bids. They will advertise for three weeks and open bids March 12. Awarding of the project is scheduled for March 19, at which time a public hearing on updated individual property assessments would be held.
Library furniture, hours
The Council approved expenditures not to exceed $45,000 for furniture for the new library. Money will come in part from savings accrued from reduced hours during construction and reduced new material purchases during construction.
Furniture includes a new computer station, new study table with outlets, and office furniture. A $2,335 alarm system is part of the furniture expenditure request.
LeRoy McCusker acknowledged Jim Bassett, Doug Doffing and his son and grandsons who helped him for their donations of time and/or money to get a fireplace included in the library after it was initially cut from the budget.
The new library will open March 4. Hours will be Monday and Friday, 10 to 5; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 to 7; Saturday, 10 to 2.
The temporary location at City Hall is open for periodical and computer use through February 22. Hours are 8:30 to 4. The library requests all checked-out materials be held until March 4. No late fines will be charged.
The City agreed to construct a 36 foot wide, 240 foot long road that will lead off of Hwy. 20 and provide access to Karl Molenaar's new Olmsted Medical Clinic on the north end of the City. A 150 foot long turn lane on Hwy. 20 will also be installed. Cost is estimated at $135,000 for the road and sewer and water connections. Molenaar will be assessed, with a ten year payment period with five percent interest. $20,000 will be deferred for ten years. The City, in planning, discussed hopes other parcels will be developed adjacent to the new road in the future.
The City will hold a hearing on March 19 to discuss annexation of the Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls property south of Grandpa's Garage.
Invenergy donation to CFPD
Police Chief Jeff McCormick acknowledged a $250 donation to the CFPD from Invenergy. This is the third year of a donation from Invenergy. Funds will to be used for furnishing an interview room that will be more like a living room for victims of criminal sexual conduct. "We want these victims to feel more comfortable during a very difficult time," said McCormick.
The Council approved the Fire Department 2013 officers: Chief John Miller, 1st Assistant Chief Todd Anderson and 2nd Assistant Chief Jay Chytracek.
Sewer and water bills
Quarterly water and sewer assessments to property tax bills were approved for 62 accounts with a total of $19,101 in late payments.