Hanover opts to table Pheasant Run project

The Hanover City Council voted 3-2 to table any consideration of a Pheasant Run street improvement project until next year.

The council also continued discussion about the Hennepin County Rd. 19 project, and took action on other issues.



The city had twice surveyed Pheasant Run residents about whether they prefer to have a sewer extension and road pavement project, or just to do a road improvement with no sewer. Both times the survey indicated no desire for sewer and limited desire for road improvement.

With the full council of Mayor Chris Kauffman and councilors Wendy Pinor, Doug Hammerseng, John Vajda and Ken Warpula in attendance, the council discussed the next steps.

It was argued that the time to do a repair is now, with costs and interest rates only to rise in the future. City engineer Justin Messner said plans would need to be made now, such as setting an assessment hearing, if the council were to proceed with any project.

But ultimately, Warpula, Hammerseng and Vajda voted in favor of tabling any project until next year; Kauffman and Pinor were opposed.



In other matters, the council heard that engineering plans are final for the proposed Hennepin County Rd. 19 trail project that would extend a trail along County Rd. 19 from the Crow-Hassan Park Reserve to the Historic Bridge, and linking in with the Wright County trails on the north side of the city.

Discussed was funding, specifically how much the Three Rivers Parks District is willing to contribute. Council members said they don’t want to assume more costs until getting information from Three Rivers. The project will also receive grant money.

Staff was directed to contact Three Rivers and try to figure out what it is willing to fund. The project won’t commence until next spring at the soonest.

In other action, the council:

APPROVED a 2014 preliminary levy of $1,268,280, representing a zero percent increase from last year. The estimated general fund expenditure budget is $1,422,609. Increased local government aid funds and other city revenues make up the difference.

HEARD from staff about the need for an information technology computer systems upgrade at city hall. The council told staff to come back with cost comparisons and quotes.