Osseo reviews Gateway Sign proposal

The Osseo City Council received a presentation on the Gateway Sign Project from the city’s engineering firm WSB and Associates during its Monday, Oct. 24, meeting. The Gateway Sign would be located along the intersection of County Road 81 and Central Avenue.

The council also considered plans for the 2017 street and alley improvement projects.


The council received a proposal from WSB and Associates for the Gateway Sign for the city. The city had asked the engineering firm to prepare a proposal for the preparation of a 3D graphic portraying the new gateway sign. This proposed sign would be located in the southwest corner of the intersection of County Road 81 and Central Avenue.

The sign would include an LED reader board, flag and other landscaping.

City Engineer Lee Gustafson said the engineering firm would review drawings and sketch-up information provided to them by the city. The firm would also prepare and render a site model of the proposed elements and merge them into a digital photograph. Then the city would be delivered the 3D rendering in a PDF format.

The city would provided with the 3D rendering by Friday, Oct. 28. The cost for the 3D rendering would be $2,500 and would be paid for out of the Gateway Sign Fund.

The council approved the WSB and Associates proposal to produce presentation materials for the Osseo Gateway Sign Project.


Also during the meeting, the council considered approving the 2017 Street Improvement plans to city streets and alleys.

Engineer Gustafson said the proposed 2017 street reconstruction project would consist of reconstructing portions of Second Street S.E., Third Street S.E., Fourth Avenue S.E., Fifth Avenue S.E. and Sixth Avenue S.E. There would also be repairs made or minimal reconstruction of the storm and sanitary sewer and replacement of curb and gutter if needed.

He added the existing roadway’s width would be maintained to the greatest extent possible.

Gustafson said there was also an issue with the existing right-of-way on a portion of Fifth Avenue S.E. between Broadway Street East and Second Street S.E. “There is just not any right-of-way there,” he said. WSB, the city’s engineering firm, would work with the city attorney in acquiring that right-of-way as a part of the project.

The proposed 2017 Alley Reconstruction project would consist of reconstructing the alley between Fifth and Sixth Avenues N.E. from Fourth Street N.E. to 93rd Avenue N. The alley would be reconstructed in concrete.

WSB also is proposing to have two separate projects/contracts. Gustafson said the intent of bidding in this fashion is to obtain better bid prices for the alley reconstruction without changing the bid prices for the street reconstruction. “This opens the bid process to a lot more contractors,” he said.

He added if the projects were combined, a street contractor would generally be the prime general contractor for all the work and would add their overhead costs for any non-prime work such as concrete paving. Bidding the alley project separately eliminates the overhead cost for a general contractor and allows concrete contractors to bid on the work directly without having to go through a paving contractor.

“The key is getting it bid out early so contractors can fit it into their schedules,” Gustafson said.

Councilor Mark Schulz said he has seen the separate bidding process before and it makes sense to him.

The council approved proposals from WSB and Associates to plan and prepare the 2017 Osseo Street and Alley Improvement Project feasibility report, not to exceed $42,100 for the street portion and $14,800 for the alley portion.


In other action, the council:

APPROVED the WSB and Associates 2017 city sidewalk replacement engineering proposal.

APPOINTED Neil Lynch to fill the unexpired term on the Osseo Planning Commission through the end of December 2017.

ADOPTED a resolution appointing Daniel Spanier to serve a three-year term on the Heritage Preservation Commission.