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Hearing expected next month on added street work in Willmar, Minn.

WILLMAR -- Two public hearings are being recommended to consider additional street reconstruction projects this year. The City Council's Public Works/Safety Committee is recommending the council set the hearings for July 5.

The council will consider the recommendation at its regular meeting tonight.

The first hearing will consider reconstruction of one block of 12th Street Southwest from Becker Avenue to Trott Avenue Southwest. Public Works Director Holly Wilson recommended the project after a failure occurred in the sanitary sewer line and bad soils and failed pipe were discovered along the entire block.

Wilson estimates the cost at $112,949.21. Assessments to property owners are estimated at $32,868, the municipal utilities' share is estimated at $4,926.31 and the city's estimated share is $75,154.90.

During the committee meeting last week, Rick Fagerlie asked why the city's share was larger. Wilson said it was larger and the assessed share is smaller because the project has some corner lots that cannot be assessed and she said city policy is to assess the address side of the street.

The second hearing will consider reconstruction of portions of four streets severely damaged by frost boils. Wilson said the streets were damaged beyond patching and repairing.

The streets are 20th Avenue Southwest from 22nd Street to 25th Street, 25th Street Southwest from 20th Avenue to 21st Avenue, 11th Avenue Southeast from Sixth Street to Ninth Street, and Fourth Avenue Southeast from 24th Street to 25th Street.

Total estimated cost is $499,644. The assessed share is estimated at $283,660, the city's share at $213,021.81 and the municipal utilities' share at $2,961.97.

Wilson said the four streets can be added to the 2011 street improvement contract that the council has approved with Duininck Inc. of Prinsburg.

The projects will be financed through the permanent improvement revolving fund and will be reimbursed through the 2012 bond issue.

David Little
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