8/13/2014 9:46:00 PM Road bids at $83,178; concerns on Co. 17
by Ken Haggerty
The Cannon Falls city council approved going with low bidder Bituminous Roadways at $83,178 for the street and curb work for the 2nd Street SW. project (the block by First English Lutheran Church).
Hardrives was the only other bidder at $84,985. Bids were opened July 28. City consulting engineer Greg Anderson, who had estimated the project at around $67,300, said the higher than expected bids were because it's a small project, other companies figured firms already in town on the Hwy. 52 and County 24 projects would be hard to beat, and other firms are busy.
A preliminary assessment proposal was presented with local property owners on the block to cover $19,131 of the project cost. The city already agreed to pick up the full amount of the new water main project that is already installed. There was some discussion that the main was installed too shallow 19 years ago.
Under the assessment proposal, if the city council assessed on a per unit basis, each parcel would be assessed $1,913. (First English and Darryl McLain both have two parcels; there are ten total parcels). If assessed on a linear basis, property owners would be charged from $1,200 to $6,000, depending on their individual frontage and curb that needs replacing.
Mayor Robby Robinson suggested scrapping both bids and rebidding in the spring. Council member LeRoy McCusker said that gravel will just keep washing on that hill on 2nd St. SW. and it needs to be done.
Council member Bill Duncan noted bids came in under estimate on the 318th Street project and agreed it has to get done.
Royce Anderson, representing the church, thought since this work was less than 20 years old they couldn't be assessed again. City administrator Ron Johnson said the city code says streets can be assessed again after 15 years. Curb and gutter is a 20 year assessment, but the replacement is pro-rated to project life, in this case 19/20ths can be assessed.
Safety concerns on Co. 17
Council member Morris Mattson brought up some safety concerns on Goodhue County Road 17 as it heads east from the Troll Havn development. Mattson said there are a lot of young children in the new homes that have been built out there and there is no sidewalk or trail, little shoulder, and traffic is moving at 55 mph.
Police Chief Jeff McCormick and Public Works Director Tom Bergeson said it is an area of concern but said it is a County road and they have not seemed interested in building a trail along the road. McCormick said they have done directed speed enforcement in the area and could look into seeing if posted speeds could be lowered in the area.
Duncan also brought up concerns about traffic hazards created by all of the parking around the canoe rental place. McCusker said a put-in at Hannah's Bend has been discussed in the past. McCormick said they restricted parking to one side of the road to the police station to make sure emergency vehicle traffic could move through safely.
$6,000 for CFFD rope rescue
CF Fire Department Relief Association has donated $6,000 from pull tab funds to be used toward the purchase of rope rescue equipment for the CFFD.