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Third Avenue Northwest, above, in the Vos Park neighborhood of Willmar is one of ten streets proposed for reconstruction work later this year. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Willmar proposes Vos Park street work

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WILMAR -- Six streets in the Vos Park area in the northwest part of town are proposed for reconstruction in the preliminary 2011 street improvement report approved by the Willmar City Council's Public Works/Safety Committee.

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The Vos Park streets were built between 1978 and 1980 and are rated in poor condition with surface cracking, some rutting and other signs of wear and tear, according to the report presented by Public Works Director Holly Wilson to the committee Tuesday night.

The streets are:

- 33rd Street Northwest, from First Avenue to Third Avenue.

- Third Avenue Northwest, from 30th Street to 850 feet west.

- Second Avenue Northwest, from 30th Street to 31st Street.

- Vos Park Drive, from Third Avenue to the west end of the cul-de-sac.

- First Avenue Northwest, from 30th Street to 33rd Street.

- 31st Street, from First Avenue to Second Avenue.

Committee member Bruce DeBlieck, who represents Ward 1 where Vos Park is located, asked about providing access for residents who live on those streets.

Wilson remarked that providing access to those residents will be written into the construction specifications.

The Vos Park streets are among 10 streets being proposed for reconstruction this year.

Other streets are:

- Sixth Avenue Northwest, from 29th Street to 400 feet east.

- Gorton Avenue Northwest, from 10th Street to 14th Street.

- 11½ Avenue Southeast, from Sixth Street to Ninth Street.

- 15th Avenue Southwest, from 22nd Street to 700 feet east.

Wilson said 15th Avenue Southwest will be raised to prevent storm water from the detention pond between the street and Taunton Stadium from overtopping the street. Wilson said improvements are still being designed for the detention pond.

Besides reconstruction, overlays are proposed on Seventh Street Southwest from Willmar Avenue to 19th Avenue and all of Becker Avenue Southeast from First Street to Lakeland Drive; and street lighting on a portion of Pleasant View Drive Southeast.

Five miscellaneous projects are First Street bridge deck rehabilitation, storm water improvements such as curb and gutter repair or replacement, crack sealing, seal coating, and path work along 22nd Street Southwest from 15th Avenue to Willmar Avenue.

Total cost is estimated at $2,686,830.

The city's share is estimated at $1,555,697.58, with a portion coming from the public works general operating budget. Sanitary sewer replacements would be paid from the operating budget of the wastewater treatment plant, and funding would also come from bonding during the last couple of years as part of the five-year street program, Wilson explained.

Another $1,035,300 would be paid by assessments to benefitted property. The total is based on a preliminary estimate of $67.50 per foot, up from last year's reconstruction assessment rate of $55.88 per foot. Wilson said the estimate is high, but a more exact amount won't be determined until after construction bids are opened on April 12.

Street selection is based on a rating system; coordination of projects with other entities that may be doing projects such as Seventh Street overlay, which was coordinated with Kandiyohi County; maintenance requirements; requests through the Municipal Utilities for water main replacement; and the age of the road.

The committee recommended the council hold a public hearing Feb. 22 to take comments on the report and to order the improvements and prepare plans and specifications.

Among other agenda items, the committee:

- Received a study from Richard Engan of Engan Associates of Willmar on the feasibility of converting Garfield School to an office building. Estimated cost is $2.8 million. The Willmar School District has offered to sell the Garfield property to the city, and the council authorized the study as part of its discussion of whether or not the city should acquire the property. The committee received the study as information.

- Voted to recommend the council hold a public hearing Feb. 22 to consider the facilities plan for the western interceptor sewer, formerly called the western collector. The sewer line is proposed to serve the west and northwest areas of town and to serve businesses that develop in the proposed industrial park at the old airport.

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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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