Corcoran to let bids for Ravinia sewer, water

The city of Corcoran is taking steps to get ready for the first residents of the Ravinia housing development that soon will be located in the area west of County Road 101 and north of Gleason Road.

Ravinia residents will need an entrance to their development and access to municipal sewer and water. The City Council took action on both at its Thursday, May 22.

First, councilors awarded the contract for construction of the turn lane at County Road 101 and Gleason Road, where the entrance will be located. The contract award is contingent upon receiving a permit for filling in small wetland areas on the Maple Grove side of County Road 101. Northwest Asphalt Inc. landed the contract with a low bid of $141,685.25.

Turning its attention to water and sewer, the council authorized Wenck Associates, Corcoran’s city engineers, to solicit bids for constructing the sanitary sewer line, water main and sanitary sewer lift station that will serve Ravinia. In their feasibility report, engineers estimated project costs at $2.6 million. Wenck is expecting the city to award the bid on June 22 and sell bonds to fund the project on July 24.

Ravinia will be Corcoran’s first single-family housing development to be served by municipal sanitary sewers and water. Sanitary sewers in Corcoran will hook up to Metropolitan Council sanitary sewers. Corcoran is planning to build a sanitary sewer lift station in Lions Park and sewer pipes to Ravinia. A second Metropolitan Council lift station will be constructed to the north.

Access to water temporarily will come from Maple Grove across County Road 101. Water pipes eventually would come up County Road 101 from Maple Grove.

The City Council approved the final plat for the first phase of Ravinia on April 24. U.S. Homes, doing business as Lennar, plans to build 36 single-family homes in the first of nine phases of development. Eventually, Lennar expects to construct 426 single-family detached homes on the 266.57-acre site located south of Corcoran Lions Park.

On May 22, the council also took up other business. Here are some meeting highlights.


council quandary

The City Council was short two members, Mayor Ken Guenthner and City Councilor Rich Asleson. City Councilor Tom Cossette held the meeting gavel and spent some time sorting through a quandary.

Lano Equipment was requesting site plan modifications for a new accessory building for which construction was nearing completion. The problem was that wainscoting, windows and overhangs were not constructed according to plans originally approved by the City Council.

The Lano accessory building is being built at 23580 Highway 55. Lano Equipment got City Council approval last July for a site plan amendment and conditional use permit for constructing the building.

Councilors Diane Lynch and Ron Thomas wanted Lano to construct the building, for the most part, according to originally approved plans. Rod Lano and builder Dave Siweck talked about how they were making the building better by changing plans for window construction, raising the building floor for better drainage, reducing the amount of wainscoting and adding three cupolas to the roof. Lano said he would prefer not to pay for removing the roof in order to add more wainscoting to the top of the building. He was willing to add wainscotting at the bottom of the wall.

Building inspector Loren Kohnen said the city building code requires the Lano accessory building to have a cement floor, and so far, the building did not have this feature. He refused to issue a certificate of occupancy until the building meets code.

Builder Siweck said he was planning to wait a year for the ground to settle, and then he planned to add the cement floor.

Cossette liked what Lano and Siweck were doing with windows and called them a big improvement over original plans. He began looking for ways to get both sides to agree.

Councilor Lynch asked why Lano and Siweck did not follow the originally approved plans. “What message are we sending the next person?” she said.

Councilor Thomas agreed with Lynch and said he wanted the city to be consistent with what it is telling builders and property owners. Corcoran already has held property owners to originally approved plans for the Dobozenski and Ess buildings. This resulted in owners investing more money in construction.

Councilor Cossette commented, “If the applicant had not tried to expedite things before the permits were issued, we’d be more open.”

He added, “The better we can make the building is the way to go.” He thought it was not practical to change the wainscoting at this point.

In the end, the City Council tabled the Lano request and asked Lano and Siweck to come back with revised plans.



The City Council also:

RECEIVED a petition from Carolyn Holford on behalf of residents on Treeline Drive and Foxline Drive. They are asking that Corcoran pave their streets. The residents want the city to charge them a reduced amount because Corcoran would no longer need to maintain what are now gravel roads.

HEARD from Greg Hoglund about run off coming from a neighbor’s yard onto his property at 19220 Hackamore Road. The run off happens after heavy rains and contains soil and manure. Hoglund said the problem is urgent and he wants an action plan to deal with it. City staff is looking at who could resolve the problem and how. Corcoran is not allowed to do work on the neighbor’s private property without the owner’s permission.

Contact Susan Van Cleaf at [email protected]