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Preparation of 2013 street work report ordered by Willmar, Minn., City Council

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WILLMAR — The Willmar City Council has ordered the engineering department to prepare the 2013 street construction, repair and improvement report.

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The list of proposed projects includes reconstructing 1.47 miles of streets, overlaying 1.05 miles of streets and constructing 0.67 of a mile of streets.

Preparation of the report was recommended by the Public Works/Safety Committee and approved by the council Monday. State law requires a report to be presented by the city engineer for street and other improvements. The proposed improvements will be referred to the interim city engineer for study. The report will explain the proposed improvements and estimated costs.

Proposed projects are based off the five-year street improvement plan, said Bruce Peterson, director of city planning development services.

Funding sources include the Willmar Municipal Utilities, property assessments, federal and state aid funds, and bond proceeds.

Work will proceed after construction bids are approved.

This year’s proposed projects include quiet zones at the BNSF Railway crossings at Willmar Avenue Southwest and Trott Avenue Southwest.

Reconstruction projects:

- Second Street Southeast from Willmar Avenue to Olena Avenue Southeast.

- Kandiyohi Avenue Southwest from First Street to Seventh Street Southwest and from 11th Street Southwest to 15th Street Southwest.

- Sixth Street Southwest from Robbins Avenue Southwest to Trott Avenue Southwest.

- Havana Street Northeast from High Avenue Northeast to the north end of the street.

- City parking lot adjacent to City Hall.

Overlay projects:

- Trott Avenue Southwest from 28th Street to Industrial Drive Southwest.

- 23rd Street Southwest from Airport Drive to Trott Avenue Southwest.

- Third Avenue Southwest from 28th Street Southwest to the east end.

- Fourth Avenue Southwest from 28th Street to Third Avenue Southwest.

- Highway 12 East north service road from Litchfield Avenue to Lakeland Drive Southeast.

- Highway 12 East south service road from Ferring Street Southeast to Lakeland Drive Southeast.

- 22nd Street Southwest from 19th Avenue to 21st Avenue Southwest.

- 22nd Street Southwest from 22nd Avenue Southwest to Williams Parkway.

- 23rd Street Southwest from 22nd Avenue to Williams Parkway.

- 24th Street Southwest from 21st Avenue to Williams Parkway.

- 22nd Avenue Southwest from 21st Street Southwest to 24th Street.

- Williams Parkway Southwest from 22nd Street to 25th Street.

New construction:

- Willmar Avenue Southwest from Industrial Drive to 22nd Street.

- Fourth Avenue Southwest from 28th Street to the cul-de-sac in the industrial park just south of the Humane Society building to provide access to four 2.5-acre to 3-acre lots for industrial development.

Miscellaneous:

- Connection of the recreation trail from downtown to Robbins Island, trail connection over the First Street bridge, and trail improvement north of the bridge to raise the level of the trail from the base of the bridge to Robbins Island to prevent the path from flooding during heavy rain.

In other action this week:

- The council authorized city staff to begin a preliminary investigation to determine environmental conditions at the site of the former Rule Tire shop, located at the corner of Seventh Street and Benson Avenue Southwest.

Cindy Rule Gardner and Renee Rule Greer, heirs of property owners Jim and Betty Rule, have offered to donate three parcels of land that comprise the former tire shop business to the city “as is’’ for the intended but non-binding use of creating a green space for the community in exchange for tax forgiveness of outstanding property tax balances.

Peterson said proposed uses have been discussed but no decisions have been made.

Peterson said unpaid property taxes total almost $10,000. Peterson said he has received a price quote of $750 from MAC of Montevideo to perform the initial investigation.

The site has several buildings in disrepair. Peterson said staff has begun to gather demolition costs and other information.

- The council approved an application from Casa De Misericordia Church to rezone the Lincoln School property from G/I (government institutional) to R-2 (single-family and two-family residential) to operate a church out of the property. All of the abutting property is zoned R-2 except for the park land to the east.

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David Little
David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
(320) 235-1150
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