Two Harbors street, alley project moves ahead
The Two Harbor City Council continues to move forward on its proposed reconstruction of eight city streets and alleys.
At its Monday, April 9, meeting, the Council approved the plans for the 2018 Street and Alley Improvement Project and ordered the advertisement for bids. The project is expected to cost $1.42 million, according to the plans, but firmer numbers won't be known until bids come in. The bids are scheduled to be opened May 8, allowing the contract to be awarded May 14.
The Council moved forward despite two petitions asking for the removal of a street and alley from the planners.
Property owners along two stretches — 13th Street from Seventh to Eighth avenues and the Alley north of Third Avenue from Third to Fourth streets — submitted petitions calling on the city to remove them from the plan, citing high assessment fees, according to city officials.
Any stretch of road can be "deleted" from the plans up until the contract is awarded, city-hired engineer Joe Rhein of Bolton and Menk told the Council.
The Council is recalculating assessments for this project as it seeks to revise the existing assessment policy in an effort to lower the costs to property owners, but updated figures have not yet been presented to property owners.
Updated assessment estimates were not available Wednesday, but City Administrator Dan Walker expects them to be available when the Council considers the assessment revisions at its April 23 meeting, he told the News-Chronicle.