by Aaron Brom
SUN PRESS Newspapers
The Hanover City Council heard an update regarding trail projects, including the Wright County Rd. 34 (Beebe Lake Trail) project set to commence this year, and took action on other issues.
Engineers Mike Nielsen and Justin Messner updated the board that the Beebe Lake Trail construction is ready to start, as soon as the first week in September.
Some preliminary work has been done and contracts are being signed. “We’re hoping to have the majority of the project done this year,” city clerk/assistant administrator Annita Smythe later said, with minor work such as seeding to take place in spring.
Next for trail discussion was the Hennepin County Rd. 19 project, which would extend the Three Rivers trail from Crow-Hassan Park Reserve to the Historic Bridge. Smythe said that due to a lot of discussion with the Three Rivers Parks District regarding funding, the cost has gone up and the city is not comfortable with the numbers. She also noted that a state grant fell through, but that the city is applying for another.
“The main purpose of discussion is to get the council up to speed about the funding shortfall,” Smythe said.
Meanwhile, the city engineers are working with Hennepin County and Three Rivers and still moving ahead.
Lastly in trail news, the council was updated regarding minor erosion repairs that will be needed at the Wright County Rd. 19 trail that was completed last year.
In other action, the council:
GRANTED verbal approval for a Wright County Rd. 34 signal change order that would synch the signal with the County Rd. 20 signal further south. The verbal approval includes splitting the cost with Wright County.
DISCUSSED River Road ditch repair and need for drainage improvement. The repair was to coincide with the Pheasant Run road reconstruction, but that project is on hold pending resident input. Not doing both projects at once would cost more for the ditch repair.