Hanover wants to avoid tax raise for road repair

The Hanover City Council does not want to raise taxes or rely on assessments for road repairs.

So staff will continue to develop a road map for other pavement management funding options. The council also continued discussion regarding an Eighth Street extension project, and discussed a frozen water line policy.



Mayor Chris Kauffman and councilors Wendy Pinor, John Vajda, Doug Hammerseng and Ken Warpula continued discussion about a pavement management plan.

Administrative assistant Brian Hagen later said staff will continue working towards a pavement management plan.

“There’s a strong sense that if we don’t have to assess for a road project, then we don’t want to,” he said.  “Staff continues to develop cash flow models to show if we choose no assessment route this is what we could do per year. We’re still putting together information.”

The council made it clear that it does not favor raising taxes or relying on property assessments to pay for road repairs.

“How the plan is funded is the question,” Hagen said. “The city council does not want to raise taxes or assess. They want to be able to pay for it with budgeted funds.”

But, he said, funding is still a big question. He said city administrator Annita Smythe and city engineer Justin Messner would come up with a road map.

“ We had two big trail projects this year, but we get a lot back through grants, so that will free up some money,” Hagen said.



In other road-related news, the council continued discussion regarding the proposed Eighth Street extension project.

Eighth Street serves the industrial park area, and the proposal would be to extend the street west to County Rd. 19 at the Beebe Lake Road (County Rd. 34) intersection, where trucks would have a signalized intersection, versus snaking through the city streets.

The city engineer did a road project estimate a number of years ago, and the engineer will update it to see if it can fit in the pavement management plan or capital improvement plan.



In further matters, the council heard that Hanover, like all cities, has experienced frozen water lines from the extremely cold winter.

“We’re looking at how we move forward if this happens again,” administrative assistant Hagen said.

He said the council does favor reimbursing some funds to people that had a freeze. “We will have a policy in place next year.”

He also said the city is working with its water provider, Veolia, to discuss more options.

In other action, the council:

APPROVED a waiver of park rental fees for a Memorial Day 5K run event and barbecue. The event is hosted by Brooklyn Park Police Department in honor of the memory of Navy Seal John Faas, who was killed in action. Money raised from the event will support a college fund for children of Seals killed in action.

TABLED discussion regarding construction of a new public works facility. The council wants to build something that suits public works’ needs for the future, but at the same time does not want to raise taxes.