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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.

Jimmy Lovrien

Jimmy Lovrien is a reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. He spent the summer of 2015 as an intern for the Duluth News Tribune and was hired full time in October 2017 as a reporter for the Weekly Observer. He also reported for the Lake County News-Chronicle in 2017-18. Lovrien grew up in Alexandria, Minn., but moved to Duluth in 2013 to attend The College of St. Scholastica. Lovrien graduated from St. Scholastica in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in English and history. He also spent a summer studying journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

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