City street improvement assessments presented

stillwaterAs city road work wraps up for the season, assessment figures are rolling in and property owners will be affected.

City street improvement projects this year included reconstruction on Pine Street from Broadway to Third Street, Pine Street from Holcombe to Greeley streets), William Street from Willard to Pine streets and Martha Street from Willard to Pine streets. Mill and overlay work was done on Churchill and Pine streets from Third Street South to Greeley Street and Myrtle Street from Main to Third streets.

City Engineer Shawn Sanders said final construction cost of the projects is estimated at 1,262,542.25. Assessment rates were adjusted on the mill-and-overlay portion of the project due to a miscalculation of overall frontage, with Myrtle Street being omitted, This resulted in a lower assessment rate for commercial properties but an increased rate for residential properties. Contract prices for water service replacement were higher than estimated, which resulted in a higher assessment rate.

Those living on reconstructed streets have a final assessment rate of $10,500 per unit while residents living on streets milled and overlayed have a proposed final assessment rate of $1,999.67 per unit. Commercial property owners on mill and overlay streets will pay a $24.09-per-foot on mill assessment. Galvanized water service replacement has a proposed $1,716.68 per unit final assessment rate.

Street improvement costs are assessed 50 percent to property owners, with water service replacement costs assessed at 100 percent. Assessments can be paid over 10 years at a 4 percent interest rate. Property owners making a lump-sum payment by Nov. 15 are not charged interest.

Sanders also spoke about a Washington County road project reconstructing the curb and sidewalk on the north side of Orleans Street between Fourth Street South and Fourth Avenue South. The final costs for the improvements is estimated at $36,469.20, with a proposal to assess 50 percent of the improvement to the Orleans Street property owners. Residents will pay $1214.82 for their lots and $8506.01 will be paid for the school district property in this area.

These rates are lower than expected, at $1,377 and $8,720.16, due to the contract price being lower than the feasibility study estimate. The assessment payment period would be for 10 years at 4 percent interest.

At an afternoon work session attended by three council members, a decision on selecting a summer festival proposal was delayed until more council members could attend and the three finalists could come make presentations. Two dates, Oct. 15 or a special Oct. 22 meeting, were offered for the presentations.

Other council actions included:

  •  Delaying a decision on creating a new downtown TIF district at the Joseph Wolf Property for a boutique hotel after the council toured the site Monday. Community Development Director Bill Turnblad said the delay was due to questions the council wants answers to before moving forward on the request. Another discussion on the issue will held be on a future date when the group in charge of the project can come back with their responses.
  •  Declared October “Mary Swift Month” to honor a former city employee who recently passed away from a short illness after retiring a several months ago. Swift was remembered for her kindness and patience in dealing with financial questions about utility bills, working with grace and a positive attitude, her scotcheroos she shared with the office and loving her family and friends.
  •  Declared Oct. 6-12 Fire Prevention Week in the city.

Contact Avery Cropp at avery.cropp@ecm-inc.com

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