Monticello council sets public hearing date for West Seventh project

A public hearing for the West Seventh Street extension project has been pushed back to April 22 to allow the city more time to meet with property owners.
The date change was unanimously approved Monday by the Monticello City Council as a consent agenda item. The hearing was originally scheduled for April 8.
Late last month city leaders accepted the project’s feasibility report and called for the public hearing. In addition, the council authorized the preparation of a final plat and plans and specifications for improvements to extend West Seventh between Minnesota and Elm Streets. In addition to approving these items at their March 25 meeting, council members also directed city staff to seek an alternate bid for overlaying West Seventh Street from Elm Street to County Road 39.
The council also directed staff to meet with abutting property owners along Elm Street, south of West 7th Street, to determine their willingness to help pay to paving Elm Street as a related part of the extension project.
If the necessary property owners are willing to help pay to pave Elm Street, a second alternate bid would be sought.
The proposed West Seventh Street improvements include the construction of streets, pathways, sidewalks, curb and gutter, street and pathway lighting, stormwater pond and public utilities.
The extension of West Seventh Street would be approximately one-quarter mile in length and is proposed to be constructed as a 44-foot wide urban section with bituminous pavement.
A bituminous pathway also is proposed along the north side of the road and a sidewalk is proposed to be extended along the north side of existing West Seventh from Minnesota to the Ridgemont Apartment complex.
Council members agreed Monday night that extending the public hearing to April 22 would allow city staff and consulting engineering firm WSB & Associates more time to accommodate the changes to the project as directed through council action on March 25 as well as develop the necessary plans and cost estimates that would be needed for discussion during the public hearing.

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