Hanover authorizes bridge repair study

The Hanover City Council authorized its city engineering firm to complete a needs study for restoration of the Historic Crow River Bridge.

The council also reviewed a Hennepin County Rd. 19 trail project agreement, and took action on other issues.



Mayor Chris Kauffman and councilors Wendy Pinor, John Vajda, Doug Hammerseng and Ken Warpula approved the WSB firm to complete a study for the Crow River Bridge.

Hennepin County does yearly inspections on the bridge and said there are some areas to maintain, mostly structural issues.

“WSB will do a study that will look at crucial areas to maintain and a cost estimate,” administrative assistant Brian Hagen later said. “We want to make sure to keep the historical aspect of the bridge so we can go after grant funding through the Minnesota Historical Society.”

Numerous grant opportunities are available, he said. Part of the process includes demonstrating that the city has done some footwork at the bridge, and part of that work was funded through donations from the Hanover Historical Society.

“The goal is to do some maintenance, restoration and preservation this coming summer,” Hagen said. “But it’s going to be pretty expensive. We’ll get a cost estimate and then go for grant funding. We’re hoping we can get some funding so we can get some work done in 2014.”



In other news, the council heard that the Three Rivers Park District has provided an agreement for trail work near the Crow River Bridge.

Part of the work includes making the bridge handicapped accessible by lowering the slope to the bridge, rather than the current steep one.

The council directed the city attorney to review the agreement. Trail construction along Hennepin County Rd. 19 will take place from Crow-Hassan Park Reserve west to the bridge. The project is proposed for summer construction.

“I believe we’ll advertise for bids this winter,” administrative assistant Hagen said. “We’re working through the land acquisition process for temporary easements.”

In other action, the council:

HEARD an annual fire department report from Chief Dave Malewicki and Assistant Chief Brian Kottke. They reviewed what the department plans for the next year, and said the past year went well.

DISCUSSED the fee schedule, with the most notable change being city hall rental. The fee no longer separates the costs for residents and non-residents, for example. Staff said user fees, however, did not go up much.

ACCEPTED applications for the planning commission and park board prior to making appointments in January.