Champlin gives update about Mississippi Crossings

 by megan hopps

SUN PRESS Newspapers


The Champlin City Council met at Monday, Sept. 23, in the city council chambers to discuss bicycle trails within the city as part of the Hennepin County 2014 bikeway development participation program and to update the City of Champlin on the Mississippi Crossings project.

Deputy City Administrator John Cox gave a presentation about the status of the Mississippi Crossings project. He explained that the idea for the project came about because the city wanted to invest staff and financial resources to set aside land in that area.

The city will soon enter the first phase of the project beginning with roadway improvements. One of the things the city will be focusing on is to have transportation and access to the Mississippi Crossings development in northern Champlin. The roadway improvements plan calls for a third northbound lane north of Hayden Lake Road. There is also a plan for an additional way in to the crossings development that would come off of West River Parkway.

Other intersections that will be improved are the intersections along West River Road and Highway 169 and the intersections of Hayden Lake Road, Dayton Avenue and Highway 169. Those improvements are expected to be made in 2014. Cox also explained that in mid-August a request for a proposed development agreement was sent out to developers for a full service restaurant with rooftop access.

The deadline for a development agreement is due Oct. 11. The city will then review the proposed project and make a decision to continue with the proposed plan or to make changes to it. The city hopes to begin the project next year. The city has also been looking to provide public improvements such as a public parking garage and a marquee public contribution to be called Riverfront Plaza to serve as a central meeting place.

Mayor ArMand Nelson announced that the last Champlin farmers market of the season will be Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the ice forum parking lot. The Champlin City Council would like to encourage the community to join the Champlin Environmental Resources Commission for the Fall Leaf Clean-up event from 9 a.m. to noon at the community center.

He added that Champlin City Hall will be closed Monday, Oct. 14, for the Columbus Day holiday. Further announcements were made about the council and staff budget work session to be Monday, Oct. 7, at 5:45 p.m. in the council conference room, a council work session to be Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 5:45 p.m. Following the council work session there will be the regularly scheduled council meeting at 7 p.m. in the city council chambers.

Councilor Bruce Miller requested that the resolution supporting the funding proposal for bicycle trails within the city as a part of the Hennepin County 2014 bikeway development participation program be pulled for further discussion at a later date to ensure that there is room in the budget. Charlie Lehn addressed the issue stating the application is due to Hennepin County Oct. 4. There are two particular trails being proposed, one stems from 169 from the Anoka-Champlin bridge through the Mississippi Crossings development to the Coon Rapids Dam.

The second priority runs just east of the Coon Rapids Dam and runs through the proposed round about on the Hayden Lake intersection with West River Road.  Requesting funding to be matched in the amounts of 80,000 to be a match from Hennepin County, 50,000 for priority one and 30,000 for priority two. The budget has not yet been approved and is up for further discussion between now and the next council meeting. If the grant is fulfilled, it would help reduce some of the costs for the Mississippi Crossings project. Miller’s concern was not wanting to approve it and be locked in doesn’t mind applying for it. Not something that needs to be done in 2014. Funds will come form park dedication.

Under unfinished business, the council discussed awarding the contract for the White Oaks Trail improvement project, rear yard drainage tile improvement and a resolution declaring costs to be assessed in order of preparation to the proposed assessment. The property spans from Elm Creek court town house and White Oaks Trail has a rear yard drainage issue that had been included in the curb side repairs budget. At that time the quote that came in was $12,223. But Sadler Services presented a slightly cheaper bid at $12,019 for the project. This project was requested by 5 of the 6 property owners. The city will hold the construction costs that being assessed to the residents at $10,000 and the city will pick up the remaining $2,019 from the storm sewer fund. Staff is proposed that the council approve the bid and set a hearing date for the assessment. The council approved the request.


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