The Albertville City Council and St. Albert Catholic Church are proposing a joint improvement project to 57th Street.
The council also took action regarding the Albertville/Otsego 57th Street improvement project, and approved a cost sharing agreement for ice arena improvements.
Staff updated the council regarding the proposed 57th Street improvement.
The city is planning to reconstruct two blocks of 57th Street between the fire hall and Main Avenue this year. The project would include widening the road to match with other segments of 57th Street, as well as adding new sidewalks and new utility infrastructure.
“As part of that, the church is interested in making parking lot improvements, as well as new entrances,” city administrator Adam Nafstad said.
Nafstad said the concept is that the city and church would do the project under one contract and would use a portion of the church-related expenses to offset right-of-way costs.
“The city and church are working to determine right-of-way impacts and costs,” he said. “Our next step is to negotiate right-of-way.”
No further action was required by the city council at this time.
In other road project news, Mayor Jillian Hendrickson and council members John Vetsch, Larry Sorensen, Dan Wagner and Rob Olson approved a resolution supporting construction of and participation in a portion of the funding for improvements to 70th Street from County Rd. 19 to MacIver Avenue.
Seventieth street is the border between Albertville and Otsego, just north of the outlet mall, and the two cities are submitting a federal grant application for the estimated $1.75 million project.
“By no means does it mean we’ll be making that project happen,” said administrator Nafstad. “If we were to receive money, it would come in 2018. We could do the improvement in advance but won’t receive funds until 2018.”
Nafstad said the application that was submitted would be to rebuild 70th between County Rd. 19 and MacIver Avenue and improve the intersection of 70th Street/County Rd. 19.
“It would be developed with turn lanes and set up for future signalization and widened out with turn lanes,” Nafstad said. He said the application is for $1 million, with Albertville, Otsego and Wright County splitting the remaining costs. Wright County would administer the county’s funding formula for splitting up the costs.
Otsego is working on portions of 70th Street between MacIver and County Rd. 37, and Nafstad said construction by County Rd. 19 would be premature until Otsego’s segment is completed. With the improvements, 70th Street would eventually extend from County Rd. 19 to Hwy. 101.
In further news, the council approved a cost sharing agreement with the school district and city of St. Michael for an arena improvement project. The cities and school district jointly own the facility.
“We’re looking towards making improvements this summer that would be insulation and a new dehumidification system,” administrator Nafstad said. “Right now we’re fighting condensation, it drips with a lot of moisture buildup.”
The cities and school district will jointly split the project cost.
The arena board is working with an architect for plans and specifications for the improvements.
“We’re slated to have bids back in February and award a project in March, and then start construction immediately following 2014 hockey season,” Nafstad said.
In other action, the council:
APPROVED annual appointments, including Crow River News as official newspaper. Some other appointments include acting Mayor John Vetsch, bond counsel Briggs & Moran, and Kennedy and Graven, building official Paul Heins, city attorney Couri and Ruppe, city planner Northwest Associated Consultants, consulting engineer Bolton & Mink, and financial advisor Northland Securities, Inc.
PRESENTED public works director Tim Guimont with a “Certificate of Appreciation Awarded in grateful recognition for 16-years of faithful service.” Guimont and the city realized he had been there 16 years, when the original intent was to recognize him for 15 years.