Monticello City Council orders West Seventh Street expansion project

The $1.45 million West Seventh Street extension and Elm Street improvement project moved forward Monday night after city leaders completed three tasks.
Monticello council members listened to a final project presentation, conducted a required public hearing and unanimously voted to officially order the project.
Shibani Bisson, senior project manager with WSB & Associates, Inc., the city’s consulting engineering firm, led council members through a project summary.
Bisson reviewed the West Seventh and Elm Street proposed improvements, right of way and easements, project costs, assessments, funding and schedule.
West Seventh Street from County Road 39 to Elm Street is a 2,500-foot road section constructed in 1979. The road was previously sealed in 1985 and 2009.
Elm Street is a 31-foot wide gravel roadway that currently serves two properties, Bisson said. Typically, the city grades the road two to three times each year.
During its March 25, meeting, the city council accepted the project’s feasibility report and called for the public hearing and authorized the preparation of plans and specifications for the West Seventh Street project between Minnesota Street and Elm Street.
The council also authorized inclusion of an alternate bid to complete a mill and overlay along West Seventh between Elm Street and County Road 39. City leaders also authorized evaluating the paving of Elm Street from Seventh Street to the south terminus at the request of the property owners from the Monticello RV Center.
The West Seventh extension will be built as a  collector road connection with a 44-foot width, Bisson said. The project will include two through lanes with shoulders and be designed with a 35 mile-per-hour speed limit. The project will have pathway on the north side, future sidewalk on the south side, LED lighting and boulevard trees. Curb cuts are not planned.
The extension of West Seventh Street between Minnesota and Elm Streets is identified as a proposed improvement in the city’s transportation plan, and is also included in the city’s current five-year capital improvement plan as a proposed improvement for 2013.
The total estimated project cost for the extension of West Seventh Street is $1,265,600. The estimated cost to complete an edge mill and overlay of Seventh Street between Elm Street and County 39 is estimated at $145,000 and the estimated cost to pave Elm Street from Seventh Street to the south terminus is $44,000.
The estimated cost for all improvements total $1,454,600. These costs include a 10 percent contingency and 25 percent indirect costs. Special assessments, deferred and non-deferred, total $894,340.
Funding for the proposed improvements will include a mix of sources including state-aid funds ($633,000), previously approved TIF funds ($455,000), street reconstruction funds, general capital project funds, and sewer and water funds.
Deferred special assessments to RiverWood Bank and special assessments to the two properties on the west side of Elm Street will be used as funding sources, Bisson said.
Special assessments would only be proposed for properties having direct access to the West Seventh extension. The road improvements and some storm sewer improvements will be eligible for state-aid funding.
RiverWood Bank will receive a deferred assessment with no interest accrued for 10 years or until its property is developed. Portions of RiverWood’s property can be sold, with remaining undeveloped portion continuing to be deferred.
The Monticello RV and Genung properties also received 10-year assessment terms.
The city council is scheduled to approve plans and specifications for the project and authorize bid advertising in June.
Bids are scheduled for city receipt and review in July, with project construction scheduled to start this August, Bisson said. Substantial completion of project work is scheduled for this October.
During the public hearing, council members addressed the project’s 35 mph design speed limit and concerns about 30 mph limits found on nearby city streets.
Bisson said the road would be designed for a higher speed limit, but wouldn’t have to be posted to 35 mph.Councilmember Glen Posusta reminded the council a 35 mph speed was already in effect along the existing part of West Seventh to its intersection with Highway 25.
After Mayor Clint Herbst closed the hearing, Councilmember Lloyd Hilgart made a motion to order the improvements. Hilgart requested the council’s project resolution be amended to include the alternative bid for edge mill and overlay work on Seventh from County Road 39 to Elm Street.
Councilmember Brian Stumpf seconded, and the resolution was approved.

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